Department of Anthropology

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Dr Dinah Rajak

Post:Reader in Anthropology and International Development (Anthropology, International Development)
Other posts:Lecturer (Centre for Global Political Economy)
Location:ARTS C C242

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678561
International:+44 1273 678561

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Dinah Rajak is a senior lecturer in anthropology and development.  She holds a BA in Classics from Oxford University (Somerville College 1996-2000); a Masters in the Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation (2000-2001), and a DPhil in Social Anthropology (2003-7) from the University of Sussex.  Between 2001 and 2003 she worked as a research fellow for a DFID-funded project concerned with rural livelihoods and aquaculture in South and South East Asia. My research interests lie at the intersection of the anthropology of development and global capitalisms. In particular, my research concerns the role of transnational corporations in development, corporate social responsibility and moral economy, with a focus on the extractive industries and Sub-Saharan Africa. Other areas of interest include: economic empowerment, enterprise and entrepreneurialism; and the role of big business in the political economy of HIV/Aids management. My current research explores 'bottom of the pyramid' approaches to development and concepts of inclusive markets.   I am a co-founder of the Centre for New Economies of Development (, together with Catherine Dloan (Oxford), Jamie Cross (Edinburgh) and Alice Street (Edinburgh).


Reader in Anthropology and Development

Co-convenor of Postgraduate Taught Programmes for the School of Global Studies 

Convenor of the MA in Social Development