Stephan Kloos is a medical anthropologist (PhD 2010 UC San Francisco & Berkeley) specialized on Asian medicines and particularly on Tibetan medicine, also known as Sowa Rigpa. He holds a permanent position as a senior researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Social Anthropology in Vienna.
Since 2001, Stephan Kloos has continuously conducted internationally funded research projects on the sociocultural, political, and economic dynamics of Tibetan medicine’s development in the 20th and 21st centuries. In 2013, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (RATIMED) to document and study the emergence of a transnational Sowa Rigpa industry.
Stephan Kloos has published extensively on topics like Sowa Rigpa and nationalist movements, Tibetan medicine and global health, Tibetan “humanitarianism from below”, the pharmaceutical assemblage, and Asian medical industries. His work has been covered in media and press reports including the New York Times, Haaretz, Xinhua, ORF, Der Standard, Die Presse, and Kronen Zeitung. This website is intended to provide open access to all aspects and results of his work.