Erik Bähre works at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University and specialises in economic anthropology. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork, as well as surveys, in the townships and squatter settlements of Cape Town, South Africa, and has done research in Brazil and The Netherlands. His main research interest is on how dramatic economic changes affect personal relations and bring about particular conflicts. His research is among others on financial mutuals, commercial insurance, taxi associations, and social grants provided by the state. Previously, Erik Bähre worked at the University of Amsterdam, University College Utrecht, and the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal). He was a researcher at the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, and Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.