Moritz Berning

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

Moritz has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Film Studies from the Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany and a Master of Science in Medical Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He wrote his master thesis about collaborative harm reduction in virtual communities who experiment with new designer drugs. After his graduation, he transitioned to the Chemical Youth project as a research assistant in order to continue his work on collaborative experimentations and virtual drug spaces. His research interests are virtual ethnographies, new digital methods, drug cultures and the history of psychoactives.


Moritz is involved in several projects, all of them have a focus on drugs and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Together with Anita Hardon, he continues his project about virtual communities in which uncharted designer drugs are subject to collective and collaborative self-experiments.
He is also working with Lisa Jenny Krieg from Chemical Youth and the DensityDesign Research Lab in Milan on new digital methods in drug research. In this project, algorisms are used to analyze the drug library and the embedded experience reports in order to explore the boundaries of classical qualitative fieldwork.
Currently he is starting to research about traditional plant-based psychedelics such as Ayahausca in terms of ICTs and the globalization of knowledge. Moritz also advises the collaboration with the Utrecht Data School (UDS) which is exploring new digital methods for virtual drug spaces.

See Moritz's research as part of the ChemicalYouth project grand tour in The Netherlands.