School of Anthropology & Conservation

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Socio-Cultural Anthropology


Research Focus:

Within socio-cultural anthropology, we are concerned with understanding humans and their relationships with the world through engaging with diversity, transformation, and environmental interactions. We are interested in developments in the study of epistemologies, cognition, temporalities, ethnicity, indigeneity, religion, exchange, conflict, social change, historical consciousness, heritage and geopolitics. We are at the forefront of contemporary debates in identity, social and economic crises, hybrid law, personhood, mobility, migration, landscape, labour, organizations, industry, cultural informatics, political ecology, ethnoecology, ethnobiology, ethnobotany and visual, environmental and medical anthropology. Our research projects span the globe, including the UK and Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, North and Central America, South America the Middle East and Pacific.

Current and recent work is linked to the informal economy, cosmopolitianism, corruption, workplace environments, the economic crisis, precarity, prosperity, ethics, value, morality, skill expertise, symbolic ecology, intercommunal relations, Islamic movements, indigenous urbanization, human rights, diplomacy, and tourism.

The socio-cultural research area is linked to the Centre for Biocultural Diversity (CBCD) as well as the Home and Sexuality Research Network and Lowland South Americanist European Network

Occupy Now Movement in Zuccotti Park, New York City protesting against social and economic inequality. There are now nearly 1000 occupy movements across the globe. Image by Daniela Peluso


Dancers jam at the Freiburg International Contact Improvisation Festival in 2013. Image by Mike Poltorak


Karići mosque in the central Bosnian highlands, where the annual three-day pilgrimage takes place every July. Image by David Henig




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Listed here are our currently active research projects.


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Here we showcase some of our photographs which identify with our wide range of research interests. For captions select "Show information" once the slideshow commences.

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