Professor Hugh Brody
Doctor of Letters
Hugh Brody is an anthropologist, writer, director and lecturer. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia, is an Honorary Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge and since 2010 he has held an Honorary Professorship in the School of Anthropology and Conversation at the University of Kent.
He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford. Working as an anthropologist in Ireland in the 1960s contributed to the book Gola, The Life and Last Days of an Island Community. He worked with the Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, and his report Indians on Skid Row led to changes in government policy, especially in relation to Native Friendship Centres. He did extensive field work in the Arctic, living with the Inuit in the communities of Pond Inlet on Baffin Island and Sanikiluaq on the Belcher Islands, writing The People's Land, Inuit and Whites in the Eastern Arctic. He supported the land claims of displaced San (Bushmen) in South Africa and was an adviser to the Mackenzie Pipeline Inquiry, a member of the World Bank's famous Morse Commission and chairman of the Snake River Independent Review.
He has directed films on many other topics, including the documentaries England’s Henry Moore and Inside Australia, about Antony Gormley’s installation of his sculptures in the Western Desert. This year he was awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute Life Achievement Award.