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Prof. Ullrich Kockel BA(Hons), PhD, AcSS, MRIA


Professor of Culture and Economy

School of Management & Languages; Dept. of Languages & Inter Studies

Phone: +44 (0)131 451 8045
  • Room 2.13
    Henry Prais Building
  • School of Management & Languages; Dept. of Languages & Inter Studies
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4AS
  • United Kingdom
Ullrich Kockel

Research profile

Roles and responsibilities

Professor of Culture and Economy at Heriot-Watt University.

Other external roles currently include:

  • Visiting Professor of European Ethnology, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas
  • Emeritus Professor of Ethnology, University of Ulster 
  • Editor-in-Chief, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
  • President, Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore.

Ullrich's overarching research interest is sustainable local / regional development, especially the appraisal, planning and management of cultural resources, approached from an interdisciplinary perspective rooted in ethno-/anthropology, cultural ecology, political economy and philosophy.

Major Current Projects

  • Cultural heritages in borderlands: Lithuania Minor and comparative locations in Europe (initiated 2009; now associated with Visiting Professorship at Kaunas)
  • The ‘German Youth of the East’ and its transformation into an umbrella organisation for migrant self-organisations (initiated 2010; fieldwork funding from DAAD in 2012).
Selected publications

Recent Books

  • Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of Europe. Wiley-Blackwell 2012. (ed. with Máiréad Nic Craith and Jonas Frykman).
  • Re-Visioning Europe: Frontiers, Place Identities and Journeys in Debatable Lands. Palgrave Macmillan 2010.
  • Everyday Culture in Europe: Approaches and Methodologies. Ashgate 2008. (ed. with Máiréad Nic Craith and Reinhard Johler).


Recent Essays

  • ‘Crossing Boundaries, Exploring the Frontier: Recollections of an Intercultural Wanderer.’ Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 21(2), 2012, pp. 43-64.
  • ‘Borders, European Integration and UNESCO World Heritage: A Case Study of the Curonian Spit.’ in: Arnika Peselmann, Aditya Eggert and Regina Bendix (eds), Heritage Regimes and the State, Universitätsverlag Göttingen 2012, pp. 227-246.
  • ‘Toward an Ethnoecology of Place and Displacement.’ in: Ullrich Kockel, Máiréad Nic Craith and Jonas Frykman (eds), Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of Europe, Wiley-Blackwell 2012, pp. 551-571.
  • ‘Being From and Coming To: Outline of an Ethno-Ecological Framework.’ in: Lewis Williams, Rose Roberts and Alastair McIntosh (eds), Radical Human Ecology: Intercultural and Indigenous Approaches, Ashgate 2012, pp. 57-71.
  • ‘Kam reikia Europos etnologijos – ir kokios? Kritiniai svarstymai apie Europos etnologijos prasmę ir tikslą.’ Lietuvos etnologija: socialinės antropologijos ir etnologijos studijos 11(20), 2011, pp. 33-48.
  • ‘Morphogenetic Fieldwork and the Ethnologic of Toposophy: Meditation on a Coyote Wandering on Rannoch Moor.’ in: Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes and Victoria Walters (eds), Beuysian Legacies in Ireland and Beyond: Art, Culture and Politics, LIT 2011, pp. 195-219.

Having started his career working in industrial management with Shell, Professor Ullrich Kockel has gone on to hold academic positions across the UK and Ireland including Liverpool University, Glasgow University, University College Cork, University College Galway and most recently as Professor of Ethnology & Folk Life at the University of Ulster

He was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2012 and conferred as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2003.