Department of Anthropology

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Prof James Fairhead

Post:Professor of Social Anthropology (Anthropology, Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre)
Location:ARTS C C128

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877194
International:+44 1273 877194

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Before his appointment as Chair in Social Anthropology at Sussex in 2001, James Fairhead was Reader in Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London and, earlier still, Lecturer in Anthropology and Development at Oxford (Queen Elizabeth House). He holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and BA in Agricultural and Forestry Sciences from the University of Oxford (St. John's College).

James has been a member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Strategic Research Board and the ESRC International Committee. He has chaired  both the joint ESRC/UK Department for International Development joint funding scheme for poverty alleviation research, and its advistory committee He has been a member of the governing bodies of the University of Sussex (Council) and of the Royal Anthropological Institute (Council). He was chair of the Association of Social Anthropolgists of the UK and Commonwealth from 2009 to 2013. He has served twice as Head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sussex.