Andrea Grolimund

Ageing, Agency and Health in Dar es Salaam

International social gerontologists argue that population ageing will lead to an increased demand for health care and support services for the elderly, which can be hardly met, even in the most developed countries. In Africa, the study of ageing and health is a new and interdisciplinary field of research. Especially when it comes to anthropological research the field is not yet well explored. The present project aims to add new theoretical and empirical insights and thus make a contribution to the research field from the perspective of social anthropology. Particular emphasis is given to the examination of the links between agency and resilience.
The PhD project explores how elderly people live their everyday life in the changing urban context of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In using a qualitative comparative approach, the project focuses on two topical and theoretical research priorities: 1) lived experience of ageing and health as expressed, for instance in living and care arrangements created in changing urban and transnational contexts; and 2) forms of agency in response to problematic situations in every day life.
Further information can be obtained on the project website.

Advisor: Brigit Obrist



Andrea Patricia Grolimund is assistant and PhD student at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel, Switzerland. She is currently conducting her PhD in the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) funded research project with the title "Aging, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzania", lead by Prof. Brigit Obrist. Andrea studied African Studies (MA, 2010) and Social Anthropology and Law (BA, 2008) at the University of Basel, as well as Social Anthropology, Political Science and French at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.