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We do innovative research in the contemporary world while maintaining the core anthropological traditions: long-term ethnographic fieldwork, commitment to a broad comparative enquiry on human sociality, critical engagement with social theory. Our weekly Friday morning Research Seminar is recognized for its intensive debate concerning the directions of contemporary anthropology.

Key areas of research include:
Citizenship and the state; Evidence in Ethnographic Practice; Law and society; Learning and Cognition; Personhood, sociality and subjectivity; Political economy and globalisation; Religion and cosmology; Temporalities and historicity.

We have consistently achieved excellent results in the national assessment of the quality of research undertaken in the UK’s Higher Education institutions. In the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF), we retained our position as the top Anthropology Department in the country for the quality of research outputs (see REF 2014 Anthropology|)

Staff and PhD Regional Research Locations


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Please note that this map represents regional, not exact, locations.

Recent Academic Publications

Consult our Publications| page for further details.