Erik Bähre specialises in Economic Anthropology. He conducted ethnographic fieldwork, as well as surveys, in the townships and squatter settlements of Cape Town, South Africa, and has done research in The Netherlands. His main research interest is on how dramatic economic changes affect social relations. He has done research on financial mutuals, commercial insurance, taxi associations, and social grants provided by the state.
Previously, Erik Bähre worked at the University of Amsterdam, University College Utrecht, and the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal). He was a researcher at the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, and Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
- A Trickle-Up Economy: Mutuality, Freedom and Violence in Cape Town's Taxi Associations (PDF) (2014)
- The Janus Face of Insurance in South Africa: From Costs to Risk, from Networks to Bureaucracies (PDF) (2012)
- Liberation and Redistribution: Social Grants, Commercial Insurance, and Religious Riches in South Africa (PDF) (2011)
- Money and Violence: Financial self-help groups in a South African Township (PDF) (2007)