PhD Candidate, International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences


Anna-Sophie is a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) since September 2020. Her research focuses on the lightweight mineral lithium and its roles in creating the future in Zimbabwe and Norway. By comparing two emerging lithium related industries and their different future imaginaries, she explores themes of energy transition and extractivism. 

Previously, Anna-Sophie worked on transparency and responsibility in the commodity sector as Mercator Fellow on International Affairs. Before that, she studied Social Anthropology and Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Basel and Linnaeus University. During her Masters, she participated in the research project “Valueworks: Effects of Financialization along the Copper Value Chain”, and conducted 5-month fieldwork in a copper mining town in Zambia.

Selected publications

Hobi, A.-S. (2020). (Extr)Activism, Governance and Power: A Short Account of Advocacy. In R. Kesselring (Ed.), Ethnographic Vignettes: Social Change and Social Encounters in Solwezi, Northwestern Zambia (Vol. 20/21, pp. 31–33). Institute of Social Anthropology.