Mr Sebastian Hachmeyer

Supervised by

Educational background

09/17 - 09/21 PhD Royal Holloway University of London - Music (Ethnomusicology)/Geography

09/13 - 06/15 MSc Lund University - Human Ecology

10/09 - 03/13 BA Erfurt University - Social Sciences and Economics


Research interests

Sebastian Hachmeyer is a human ecologist and ethnomusicologist specialised in ecomusicology, music and environmental studies, sustainable musicology, music-cultures and sustainability, environmental and cultural sustainability, ecology, human ecology and anthropology of music and environment. At Royal Holloway University of London, he is doing his PhD in the Departments of Music and Geography with a focus on the sustainability of musical instrument making in Bolivia.

During his fieldwork with specialised Indigenous flute makers, he is learning how to make different Indigenous flutes with different types of native bamboos and canes used for making them. In the last decades, native bamboo and cane became scarce resources in Bolivia, which hinders makers to sustain their important artisanal work. The scarcity of bamboo and cane is a main topic of his PhD research project. What lies behind this scarcity and how can makers confront it in order to sustain their artisanal work and ancestral making practices? In times of economic and cultural globalization, meaning a new challenge but also opportunity for former rural Indigenous flute makers, it is important to reflect on how different socioeconomic, political and environmental dynamics impact on these flute making practices in the Andes.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Economics at Erfurt University in 2013, with a focus on environmental social sciences and sustainability studies. He finished a Master of Science in Human Ecology at Lund University in 2015, with a focus on political ecology and environmental anthropology. In 2014 and 2015, he conducted ethnographic fieldwork in rural Bolivia about the intersection between musical and climate change among the Kallawaya in the Northern Bolivian Andes. He has been volunteering in two Indigenous NGOs in Bolivia over the last years. In the Fundación Machaqa Amawt'a (, he did a study about the social metabolism of a rural Andean community in times of climate change and urban migration. In the Centro de Culturas Originarias Kawsay (, he supported alternative educational workshops with different Indigenous communities in Bolivia. Currently, he is an associate researcher of Kawsay.

Sebastian sporadically works as a freelance journalist. He is interested in the intersection between ecology, sustainability and politics. He wrote about ecological and sustainability issues in Bolivia, for instance, illegal logging in the Bolivian amazon, the nuclear energy policies of the actual Morales government, the drying out of lake Poopó in 2016, and coca growing in the (sub)tropical regions such as the Yungas.

He is a member of the German public-service trade union called Ver.di. In 2011, he gained a student scholarship from Hans-Böckler foundation of the German Trade Union Confederation. Between 2016 and 2017, he received a doctoral scholarship from Hans-Böckler foundation. For his fieldwork in Bolivia, he received RHUL’s Irene Marshall Scholarship and the Paul Broome Award of the Geography Department.

Sebastian is a member of the editorial board of the Bolivian Journal of Musicology Contrapunto. Revista de Musicología de Bolivia. He is also a member of the editorial board of Ecomusicology Review (

ID: 28684970