MA
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Anthropology

Anthropology deals with contemporary, real-life issues such as:

  • social and economic transformation
  • the politics of race
  • religion
  • rights and citizenship.

It provides fundamental insights into the human condition, applicable in everyday life and in a growing number of professional contexts from hospitals to international organisations, educational institutions and large companies.

This MA is for you if you want to deepen your knowledge of anthropology but it also offers professional training if you’re new to the field.

“Sussex’s academic credibility and Brighton’s spirit and sea were why I choose to study here. The faculty are very supportive of their students, especially international ones.” Sakibe Jashari
Anthropology MA

Key facts

  • Largest UK department focusing solely on social anthropology, ranked 7th for research quality and 4th for research impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Ranked 6th in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016) and in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
  • Located within the School of Global Studies, with a strong tradition of socially and politically engaged anthropology focusing on real-world issues.

How will I study?

You take modules and options, and have the opportunity to take a research placement.

Modules are assessed by a range of methods including:

  • term papers
  • concept notes
  • book reviews
  • essays and case studies.

You also write a 10,000-word dissertation, or undertake a dissertation with placement.

Placements

You can apply to take a placement with this course. On placement, you gain work experience related to your subject and practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience.

The School of Global Studies and the Careers and Employability Centre will help you with your applications.

Find out more about Global Studies postgraduate placements

Recent dissertation titles

Occupying the olive tree: an anthropology of landscapes in the West Bank, Palestine

Integration, identity and cultural citizenship among refugees in Europe

Funerals, consumption and material culture

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to study this course full time or part time. Find the modules for the full-time course below. 

For details about the part-time course structure, contact us at globalstudiespg@sussex.ac.uk

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Anthropology and Ethnography

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

    • Issues in Contemporary Ethnography

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

    • Understanding Processes of Social Change

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module introduces you to classical sociological theories informing mainstream anthropological analyses of social change. You will focus on theorisations of wider processes of modernisation and change from structural, political and economic perspectives. You will consider debates concerning the effects and consequences of modernisation processes on social, political and economic realms, such as the formation of nation states, state bureaucracy and civil society; the development of markets and commoditisation of economic, social and cultural relationships. You will also reflect on recent critical approaches to the study of modernity and change as represented by theoretical trends associated to feminist theory, postmodernism, postcolonial studies and contemporary social theory. Particular attention will be paid to issues of globalisation and transnationalism; colonial and postcolonial relationships; and discursive constitution of practices and representations of modernity.

    • Anthropological Research Methods

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Dissertation (Anthropology)

      45 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module gives you the opportunity to undertake an independent 10,000-word dissertation under faculty supervision.

    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Activism for Development and Social Justice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      On this module, you will address the ways in which activists and activism have sought to engage in development and social justice. You'll explore and evaluate different approaches to activism, grounding this in theories of social mobilisation and citizenship, and will work through a series of practical examples, drawing on empirical material produced by anthropologists and others, to explore how activism has been used to address issues of development and social justice. In doing so, you will seek to build on the material introduced in previous terms on theories of social change and approaches to development and social justice, to explore how different kinds of activisms seek to bring about change.

      The module will explore the contributions that imaginative, insurgent, disruptive and chaotic forms of social action have to make to development, and will cover a range of forms of collective action from the use of petitions and lobbying of representatives, to the use of the arts in "interrupting" everyday life to bring some of its elements into question, to mobilisation for protests and peaceful demonstrations, to non-violent direct action and info-activism.

    • Anthropologies of Food

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Anthropology of Childhood

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Anthropologists have taken children's lives into account from the early stages of the discipline, as visible in the works of, for example, Mead and Malinowski.

      These accounts, however, were often based on adult's views on children. More recently, anthropological interest has shifted from these socially constructed and symbolic understandings of childhood to an engagement with children's own perspectives and practices (James and Prout 1990).

      These approaches assume the centrality of children as actors, rather than passive beings who are being acted on; children are seen as complete humans, rather than as deficient adults-to-be.

      This perspective has enabled a wealth of cross-cultural, ethnographic studies to emerge, describing ideas and practices surrounding children and childhood. These include key events of the life course, such as birth and death, but also a focus on how children are shaped by, and actively shape, their social environments, such as families and peers, educational institutions and religious communities.

      Key themes address children in the context of play and labour, children's bodies, spaces and mobilities, as well as their experiences of, and responses to violence.

      In this module, you gain an overview of anthropological engagements with childhood, both historically and including its more recent methodological innovations. Broader theoretical discussions are complemented by in-depth ethnographic material from cultures and societies across the globe.

      The module covers the following topics:

      Week 1 - 'Childhood' as a cross-cultural concept
      Week 2 - Anthropological Perspectives on Children
      Week 3 - Rites of Passage
      Week 4 - Education and Morality
      Week 5 - Children's Bodies and Spaces
      Week 7 - Labour and Play
      Week 6 - Children's Mobilities
      Week 9 - Children and Violence
      Week 10 - Individual Term Paper Tutorials

    • Anthropology of Reconciliation and Reconstruction

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In their ethnographies, anthropologies have studied 'intra-cultural' conflict resolution practices. As activists, they have contributed to the emergence of generic approaches to conflict resolution. They have, however, raised important questions regarding the contextuality of generic practices and whether they can capture the complexity of local circumstances.

      In the first part of this module, you critically assess the relationship between local ('intra-cultural') and generic approaches to conflict resolution (as practiced by INGOs and other third-parties) - asking whether the latter can be tempered with a sense of context-specificity. You also consider the sociology of mediation and peace negotiations and the power relations and dynamics involved.

      In the second part of the module, you explore the desire to 'reconstruct' society in the aftermath of violent conflict. You critically assess 'truth acknowledging' exercises (such as truth commissions), and explore issues of memory and ways in which a psychologised 'nation' can be 'healed'. You contrast this with arguments in favour of 'retributive' exercises (such as international criminal tribunals and domestic trials).

      The module is structured as follows:

      1. 'Traditional' conflict resolution
      2. Re-traditionalising conflict resolution
      3. The international 'peacebuilding' discourse
      4. Memory and narrative in post-violence contexts
      5. Memorialisation
      6. 'Reconciliation' or 'co-existence'?
      7. 'Truth commissions'
      8. International criminal tribunals
      9. Case study 1; post-genocide Rwanda
      10. Case study 2; post-war Sierra Leone
      11. Case study 3; post-war Guatemala
      12. One-to-one term paper tutorials
    • Anthropology of Science and Technology

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Body and Society

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Childhood and Youth in Global Perspective; Rights, Protection and Justice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will explore legal and rights frameworks relating to children and young people with a particular emphasis on international conventions and perspectives. The first part of the module will involve an exploration of three areas of law: children's rights, child protection/welfare and youth justice/offending. 
      Explorations of these topics will include an examination of ideas of globalisation and post-colonial critiques where relevant. In the second part of the module case studies will be used to critically explore these issues in relation to practice with children and young people drawing upon examples from the developed and developing world.

      An indicative list of practice topics for exploration includes: 

      • Children/young people and work
      • Children and poverty
      • Children and homelessness
      • Children and criminal justice
      • Children and refugee status
      • Children and the family 

      The module will make connections between policy and practice approaches to children and youth in majority and minority worlds as well as linking themes such as migration, adoption and child trafficking. We will, however, pay particular attention to the specificities of work within a development context including an exploration of the practice issues asssociated with work in refugee camps and with street children.

    • Critical Debates in Environment and Development

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to gain familiarity with cutting edge debates linking environment and development. A subsidiary aim is to develop research skills and in particular to develop skills in establishing analytical frameworks and the use of evidence. You should think critically about cutting edge topics. Current research has questioned much of the mainstream analysis of environmental problems and their social causes that now informs development policy and practice. This research emerges from environmental history, anthropology, remote-sensing, geography and non-equilibrium ecology, and from methods reflecting different social values (eg taking a pro-poor or politically marginalised perspective). It forces us to expose relations between power, environmental knowledge and environmental policy. This module considers and evaluates these challenges. We explore their significance for understanding the relationship between poverty, environmental science and policy, and consider how these relations are changing given the globalisation of environmental science and policy. 

      Topics vary each year as different issues arise. Issues addressed by the module are currently: forest policy and REDD+; biofuels and the land grabs; neoliberal approaches and ecosystem services; conflict and environmental change; coastal hazards and pollution; biotechnology and food security; 9 billion people and the resource crunch; and low carbon technology.

    • Fair Trade, Ethical Business & New Moral Economies

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Where and under what conditions are our T-shirts produced? How does Fair Trade impact on the livelihoods of small farmers in the Global South? Is Corporate Social Responsibility just a marketing ploy? Has ethics become only a matter of personal consumption behaviour?

      This module familiarises you with discourses and practices around ethics and engagement in the global economy. It covers some of the ways in which ethics in markets, trade and global production networks are phrased and expressed in the contemporary world, and explores what sorts of mobilisations have emerged in the light of new ethical concerns. You will explore the ways in which ethical issues within the sphere of the economy have long been articulated in terms of moral economy, philanthropic giving, and relationships of patronage and dependency.  The module goes on to discusses the contemporary shift towards global trade and production networks, and the ways in which this shift has produced new ethical concerns around economic behaviour.

      These concerns are increasingly (and differentially) expressed in terms of CSR, fair trade and ethical consumption. They also give rise to a series of engagements in terms of CSR interventions, ethical trade initiatives, civil society activism and critical consumption practices. You will assesses each of these initiatives from both a theoretical and an ethnographic perspective. You will also critically consider the implications of such engagements in terms of power, equality and gender, and the ways in which they emerge from and reproduce complex global interdependencies.

    • Knowledge, Power and Resistance

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module reflects the various ways in which power and knowledge interact within contexts of development and economic change. The module provides you with the conceptual apparatus to theorise notions of discourse, power and resistance, but also deals in depth with the historically and culturally contingent nature of the various meanings given to development, modernity and tradition, and how these in turn are linked to different forms of knowledge. As the module shows, narratives and counter narratives of development are not only produced by the developers and developees, but also by yourself and fellow students. They are also inextricable from relations of power.

    • Life Science, Culture and Society

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Livelihoods, Inequalities and Rural Change

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module considers the impacts of globalisation on rural livelihoods. Attention is paid to the interconnectedness of the global, national and local levels in causing change in rural societies. We consider the influence of social relations on rural economic life and, conversely, the influence of rural economic life on social relations. The module explores the effects of population mobility and working for global markets on rural economic and social life, the future of agriculture and the role of non-agricultural activities for livelihoods.

    • Medical Anthropology: Cultural Understandings of Health and Healing

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Medical knowledge, related practices and health-seeking are shaped by the social, political and cultural contexts in which they occur. This module draws upon theories, concepts, and approaches in medical anthropology to interrogate the concept of 'health' in its diverse formulations. The module considers how people integrate different types of medicine in their everyday lives. It examines 'health-seeking' in different medical traditions. 'The body' is used as an alternative framework for understanding medical pluralism, and the connections between experience, efficacy, and knowledge.

    • Migration, Inequality and Social Change

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is primarily about migration for work in low-paid, low-status occupations. It lays emphasis on the connections between work migration and inequality and deliberately draws attention to the dynamic and contested social relations in which migrant experiences are embedded. The term 'work migration' is preferred to 'labour migration' here because it stresses the agency of the migrant. However, much of what we discuss as work migration is forced by economic compulsion and lack of alternative livelihoods. We focus as much on internal migration for work (for example within India and China) as we do on international migration. 

      Particular attention is paid to global economic change (including the current crisis) and its link with changes in workplace relations. We are also centrally concerned with structures of ideas and how they change, including gendered and racialised ideologies of work. We study work migration as integrated into processes of social change, both caused by and causing changing relations between ethnic groups, genders and generations. Throughout the course ethnographic studies are drawn on to bring out how migration is experienced by migrant workers themselves, relatives they may have left behind, employers in 'destination' areas and local workers. The final sessions consider both ways of reducing the vulnerability of migrant workers and the development of a more critical approach to migration policy analysis.

    • Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines the processes of impoverishment and marginalisation of children, youth and adults in development contexts. A principle focus in on what anthropology can tell us about processes of impoverishment and marginality in development contexts – a complex and highly contextual field. By considering detailed ethnographic accounts of peoples’ everyday lives, you will also interrogate how local preferences, priorities and values can be incorporated into development policy. Throughout the module you will explore these topics with reference to the development policies and practices that have been aimed at `the poor’, as well as the wider political economies of economic transformation in the contemporary world. Focussing upon local contexts, a central premise is that people’s everyday experiences of poverty and marginality have to be situated historically, as well as in terms of the micro-dynamics of economic, social and political relations.

    • Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to gain knowledge and understanding of the complexity of forced migration issues in developing countries, and of the range of ideological and practical perspectives which inform policy concerning the reception and settlement of refugees, and the resolution of conflicts which give rise to forced migration flows. At the end of the course, you will be expected to have a conceptual and intellectual grasp of the principle components of the growing literature on forced migration and development, and specific understanding of the practical experience of, and lessons learnt from refugee assistance programmes over the past 50 years.

    • Religion, Culture and Identity

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module will explore sexualities as sites of political contestation, claims to rights and intimate aspirations in context of global socio-economic transformations, international health and development practice. The module will bring together theoretical perspectives on sexual subjectivity and sexual life, worlds with a range of applied concerns relating to health, actvism and development policy, and programming internationally. In particular the module will examine ways in which 'dissident sexual subjects' have been imagined globally, often both included and marginalised in different domains, such as the community, the state and international policy fora.

      Themes and issus addressed by the module will include:

      • Sexual subjectivities, intimate lives and global transformations
      • Heteronormativity in interntional development and health
      • HIV and AIDS: Epidemiology, anthropology and policy - contested engagements with sexual lives and 'key populations'
      • Citizenship, economies and queer abandonment
      • Sexuality, law and the state: Homonational contestations
      • UN agencies and (im)possible sexual subjects
      • Sexualities in transition: trans-subjectivites, trans-bodies and trans-nationalisms
      • Viral and virtual intimacies
      • Intimate economies: Sex work, sex and work
      • Collaborative action: working with NGOs on sexual rights and health
      • Creative engagement: visual ethnographic work on sexual life-worlds - globally
      • Advocacy and exclusions: Global dialogues, sexual rights, well-being and marginalisations 

      Sexual life-worlds are increasingly interpreted in relation to global flows and transitions. One way in which connections between global processes and sexualities are becoming ever-more visible is in relation to new imaginaries of sexual identity and subjectivity, as mediated through transnational media, new communication technologies and the global momentum of neo-liberal capital. International development and heath practices are closely associated with such social processes as they seek to respond to the changing and enduring attributes of sexual lives, practices and risks in the context of wider concerns for well-being. The module will respond to such concerns and seek to equip you with both theoretical and practice based frameworks for engaging with a range of themes and issues related to sexuality and development.

      The module will be interdisciplinary in focus, drawing more widely on literature from anthropology and the social sciences, international development, health, gender and sexuality studies. In particular the module will seek to explore a range of literatures comparatively, bringing theoretical perspectives on sexuality into dialogue with more practice-based literature, such as reports by UN agencies, NGOs and so on. Through class readings, and drawing on the experience of the tutor and your own experiences, the aim will be explore, contest and consider differing modes of engaging with sexualities on a global scale - as academics, health practioners, activists, development professionals and so on. The module will be taught via a combination of seminar-based readings and discussions, analysis of (ethnographic) film, reflexive class exercises and group presentations.

    • Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants' Lives

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)

      45 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      This module is designed to allow you to apply theories and concepts, as well as practical and research skills learned during the MA programme, to a work context in the UK or internationally. It takes the form of a 12-week work placement with an organisation working in a field relevant to the degree programme, normally undertaken from May-July after assessments on other courses are completed.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in anthropology or another humanities or social sciences discipline. Other subject areas may be considered on a case by case basis.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Pre-Masters in International Relations and International Development

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out more about our Pre-Masters in International Relations and International Development.

Visas and immigration

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship

Einhorn Oestreicher Masters Scholarship (2017)

A £10,000 scholarship for students of any nationality wishing to pursue the MA in Gender, Violence and Conflict commencing full-time in September 2017

Application deadline:

31 May 2017

Find out more about the Einhorn Oestreicher Masters Scholarship

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

The Jesse White Jr Masters Scholarship in International Relations (2017)

Approximately £3,000 for a student from the USA.

Application deadline:

31 May 2017

Find out more about the The Jesse White Jr Masters Scholarship in International Relations

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Living costs

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Faculty

Our research themes range from economic and political anthropology to religion, sexuality and health. We have particular research expertise in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Europe, but also cover the Caribbean, Latin America, South-East Asia and China.

Our faculty and students are members of:

  • Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • Centre for World Environmental History
  • Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies
  • Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Health and Technologies
  • Africa Centre
  • Asia Centre
  • Sussex Centre for Migration Research
  • Sussex Centre for Photography and Visual Culture
  • Centre for Security and Conflict Research Centre for Global Political Economy
  • Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence.

  • Faculty profiles

    Dr Paul Boyce
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Inteal Development
    P.Boyce@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology and Queer Theory in India, Anthropology of Sexualities, Anthropology of the Body, Applied Anthropology, Bioavailability, HIV prevention research, International Development, Intimacy, Male and Transgender Sex Work, Male Sex work in SE Africa, Psycho-social and Psychoanalytic perspectives in Anthropology, Queer and Transgender Representation, Queer Theory, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, Sexuality and Law in Nepal, Visual Anthropology and Media

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    Prof Andrea Cornwall
    Professor of Anthropology and International Development
    A.Cornwall@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Brazil, democratisation, Empowerment, gender and development, Gender and Sexuality, Nigeria, participation, public engagement, Public health

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    Prof Jane Cowan
    Professor of Social Anthropology
    J.Cowan@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, Balkans, Dance Performance, Diplomacy & International Relations, Ethnography And Anthropology, Feminist theory, Gender and Sexuality, Greece, Human Rights, International Organization, Minority Rights, Social and political theory, Social anthropology

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    Dr Geert De Neve
    Professor of Social Anthropology & SouthAsian Studies
    G.R.De-Neve@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology of Development, anthropology of South Asia, Anthropology of the Global Economy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, India, Poverty and inequality, Social Protection, Social transformation, Tamil Nadu

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    Dr Nigel Eltringham
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
    N.P.Eltringham@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Africa, Conflict and violence, ethnicity, Film, Genocide, Human Rights, international criminal court, International Criminal Law, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Political violence, Post conflict reconstruction, Rwanda, Transitional justice

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    Prof James Fairhead
    Professor of Social Anthropology
    J.R.Fairhead@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Ebola, Environmental Anthropology, Green Economy, Health, Historical Anthropology, International Development, New Guinea, West Africa

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    Dr Anne-Meike Fechter
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
    A.Fechter@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Aid, Aid Workers, Cambodia, childhood and youth, Development, Expatriates, gender, Indonesia, Migration, Mobility, Morality and Ethics, southeast asia, Transnationalism

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    Dr Elizabeth Harrison
    Reader in Anthropology and International Development
    E.A.Harrison@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology and ethnography, Anti-corruption, community, gender, International Development, Irrigation, Moralities, Natural Resource Management, Participation and engagement, Political anthropology, Sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom

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    Prof Raminder Kaur Kahlon
    Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Studies
    R.KaurKahlon@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Aesthetics and Politics, censorship, Conflict and violence, creative arts, culture and health, cultures of sustainability, diaspora, digital anthropology, environmental movements, gender, health risk perceptions, heritage, identity-based conflict, indian cinema, migration studies, nuclear power and politics, public culture, public engagement, race and ethnicity, religion and media, Religion and ritual, South Asia, Visual Anthropology and Media, visual cultures

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    Dr Pamela Kea
    Senior Lecturer In Anthropology
    P.J.Kea@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology of West Africa, Asylum and FGM, childhood and youth, Decolonial critique and the arts, Feminist theory, gender, Home-making practices, Intimacy and transnational kinship relations, Migration and Mobility, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, race and ethnicity, The aesthetics of migration, The household moral economy, Transnational networks and subjectivities, Visual and Material Culture

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    Dr Evan Killick
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
    E.Killick@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Amazonia, Climate & Climate Change, Conservation, Development studies, ethnography, Friendship, indigenous peoples, International Development, Kinship, Latin America, REDD

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    Dr Mark Leopold
    Lecturer in Social Anthropology
    M.A.Leopold@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology and espionage, Anthropology and Literature, Biography, Borders, Conflict and violence, Embodiment, Forced migration, History, History of Anthropology, Masculinities, north east Africa, Peacemaking, Political anthropology, psychoanalysis, South Sudan, Uganda

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    Dr Peter Luetchford
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
    P.G.Luetchford@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Coffee producers and cooperatives, Economic anthropology, ethical consumption, food politics, Latin America, Organic farming, Political anthropology, Spain, The moral economy

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    Prof Magnus Marsden
    Professor Of Social Anthropology
    M.Marsden@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Afghanistan, Anthropology of Diplomacy, Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies, Anthropology of Postsocialism, Anthropology of Religion, Bazaars and Markets, Central Asia, Cosmopolitanism, globalisation, Migration and Mobility, Morality, Pakistan, Social anthropology, Tajikistan, Trade Traders and Trading Nodes, Trading Networks and Diasporas, Travel, Trust and Entrustment

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    Dr Lyndsay Mclean Hilker
    Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
    L.C.Mclean-Hilker@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Africa, Anthropology and ethnography, Anthropology of Development, Development Practice, DRC, ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, identity-based conflict, reconciliation, Rwanda, Social transformation, Violence, youth and violence

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    Dr Jon Mitchell
    Professor of Social Anthropology
    J.P.Mitchell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Alternative Spiritualities/New Religious Movements, Anthropological Controversies, Anthropology of Catholicism, Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Sport, Anthropology of the Body, Anthropology of the Senses, Atheism/Secularism, Darkness in El Dorado, Experiential Anthropology, Football, Human Terrain, Malta, Marathon Running, material culture, Neoliberal subjectivities, Performance, Politics of Europeanisation, Religion and Cognition, Ritual, Statues, The Impact Agenda, UK

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    Prof Filippo Osella
    Professor Of Anthropology And South Asian Studies
    F.Osella@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: anthropology of gender and masculinity, anthropology of Islam and Hinduism, anthropology of migration, anthropology of South Asia, anthropology of trade and entrepreneurship, charity & philanthropy, Economic anthropology, India, Pakistan, Persian/Arab Gulf GCC countries, Sri Lanka

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    Dr Rebecca Prentice
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
    R.J.Prentice@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Development studies, Economic anthropology, Embodiment, Ethnographic Methods, Garment industry, gender, Health, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Labour relations, labour rights, medical anthropology, Neoliberal subjectivities, precariousness, Skill and craft, West Indies

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    Dr Dinah Rajak
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development
    D.R.Rajak@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: anthropology of global capitalism, Anthropology of markets, Bottom of the pyramid enterprise, Conflict and resources, Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Trade, Economic anthropology, Entrepreneurship, HIV/Aids, mining and extractive industries, Moral economies, private sector development, South and Southern Africa, Transnational corporations

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    Dr Anke Schwittay
    Senior Lecturer in Anthropology & International Development
    A.Schwittay@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: digital development, financial inclusion, humanitarian design, microfinance tourism, online microfinance, representations of development

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    Prof Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner
    Professor of Social & Medical Anthropology
    M.Sleeboom-Faulkner@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anthropology of the Body, Biobanking and society, Bioeconomies and Biosocieties, bioethics, Biopolitics, China, Commodification of life, cultural studies of science, culture and health, East Asian cultures and societies, Embodiment and technology, Ethnography And Anthropology, Gender and ethnicity, genomics and society, Health, culture and development, Japan, Kinship and society, Life science, culture and ethics, Nationalism, Patient organisations and global health, Race, ethnicity and identity, Regenerative medicine and society, Reproductive cultures and technologies, Research Ethics, Science and global regulation, Science and innovation in society, Social anthropology, social studies of science

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    Prof Maya Unnithan
    Professor Of Social And Medical Anthropology
    M.Unnithan@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: caste and kinship, childbirth and infertility, gender and development, health and migration, human rights and reproductive health, maternal health inequalities, reproductive technologies, Social anthropology

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Careers

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Anthropology were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent Anthropology students have gone on to roles including:

  • learning and communications coordinator, Oxfam
  • Fulbright Fellow, Fulbright Institute
  • research officer, Institute for Employment Studies.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Our graduates pursue a wide range of careers. Some become professional anthropologists in the public or private sector. Others go on to jobs where knowledge and understanding of the diversity of human cultures and social transformations is a significant advantage.

Recent graduates have found employment in:

  • policy think tanks
  • research firms
  • charities
  • museums
  • educational institutions
  • the media.

A number of graduates go on to pursue a PhD.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

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