Rosa-Maria Brandhorst

Rosa-Maria Brandhorst


  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Rosa Brandhorst is a postdoctoral Visiting Fellow in the Discipline Group of Anthropology and Sociology from September 2017 to September 2019. She is currently participating in the project “Ageing and New Media”, analysing older Australians' support networks. Her research project focuses on the impact of migration-, health- and aged care policies on transnational care. Dr Brandhorst holds an MA in Anthropology and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Göttingen, Germany. She conducted longitudinal ethnographic research on transnational families between Cuba and Germany and their role in the current socio-political transformations in Cuba. Dr Brandhorst lectured sociology of migration and qualitative methods of social research at the University of Vienna, at the University of Applied Sciences on Social Work Bielefeld and at the Centre of Methods in Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen. Furthermore she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Centre of Economic and Social Analysis of the PUC-RS University Porto Alegre. As a researcher she worked in the research project of the University of Göttingen and the University Fort Lauderdale on ethnic and collective belongings of different migration groupings and in a research collaboration of the University College London and the University of Victoria on the Cuban diaspora. Dr Brandhorst is specialised in narrative and narrative biographical interview techniques and in the case reconstruction according to Rosenthal. Her research encompasses migration, transnational families, care, ageing, ethnicity, Cuban Anthropology and qualitative research methodologies.

Funding overview

2017 - 2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG)
2012 Research Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2010 – 2013 Dorothea-Schlözer Doctoral Scholarship of the University of Göttingen
2007 Research Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


• Sociology and Anthropology of Migration
• Transnational families
• Transnational aging and care
• Ethnicity and collective belongings
• Border regimes
• Qualitative methods of social research, biographical and
ethnographic research,
especially narrative and biographical interviews
• Cuban Anthropology
• Latin America




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