Person Details

Constanze Pfeiffer, PhD, MA, Scientific Project Leader
Department -> Unit
Epidemiology and Public Health -> Society, Gender and Health -> Medical Anthropology


Main function
Sociologist, PhD


Professional activities at Swiss TPH
  • Initiating and supervising research on adolescent health
  • Providing social science support in research and teaching
  • Coordinating the Health Social Sciences Programme at SwissTPH
  • Supervising MA and PhD projects in the fields of HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, quality improvement etc.

Higher education and qualifications
  • 2015 - to date Marie Heim-Vögtlin Fellow
  • 2009-2013 Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South Research Fellow
  • 2006 PhD in Sociology, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2003 MA in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology and Geography, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2000 Development Studies, Melbourne University, Australia

Past professional activities
  • Since 2014 Project Leader at SwissTPH, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2010 Research Consultant, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Tanzania
  • 2009-2013: Project Leader of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South funded project "Reproductive Resilience of Adolescents in Ghana and Tanzania", Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland, seconded to: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • 2008-2009: Research Associate within the NCCR North-South funded project "From Vulnerability to Resilience", Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2007-2009: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SwissTPH; Basel, Switzerland
  • 2006- 2007: Research Associate at the Institute of Geography, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2005: Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Tanzania
  • 2003-2005: Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in Malawi and Germany

Teaching focus
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Resilience
  • Applied Anthropology


  • Medical Anthropology Switzerland (MAS)
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Evaluation (DeGeEval)