Lisa Jenny Krieg

  • PhD Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Lisa Jenny Krieg studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In 2012 she started her PhD at Utrecht University about relationships of young German adults to the Holocaust. Lisa also worked as a guest scholar at the New School for Social Research in NYC. During the last years she developed an interest in digital methods, and learned to program. Since 2015, she words at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her goal is to integrate digital methods and ethnography and promote digital literacy in Anthropology.


As an anthropologist who knows how to program (Python) and how to use various digital methods, including social media analysis, I form the bridge between the ethnographers and the technical side in the ChemicalYouth project. In cooperation with Lisanne Claessens, I used Natural Language Processing to look at the main concepts of a number of health blogs. Together with Moritz Berning, the DensityDesignLab Milan, and the Utrecht Data School, I work on a project that analyzes information on designer drugs that is available online, with a focus on New Psychedelic Substances. We look at fora, open datasets on private websites, and Facebook pages, and conduct network analyses and content analyses. The main goal of my projects is twofold: On the one hand, I want to understand how knowledge on risks and benefits of drugs travels. On the other hand, I like to experiment with digital methods in order to find out how they can be integrated in traditional anthropological methodologies.