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Social Anthropology:


Juli Huang

Juli Huang
Dr Juli Huang FHEA
Lecturer in Anthropology of Development
5.10 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4269
Research Interests
Social enterprise, technology and development, Anthropology of Money, Alternative currencies, Economic anthropology, International development, South Asia, Bangladesh, Iran, Big data

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Julia Qermezi Huang is an economic anthropologist whose research focuses on social enterprise and the use of new technologies, data, and markets for poverty alleviation. She is a Fellow at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and teaches courses on the anthropology of development and economic anthropology.

With data scientists and social enterprise practitioners and policy makers, she is currently developing a comparative and interdisciplinary research project on the everyday data practices of social enterprises in Bangladesh and Scotland.

Selected Publications


2020. To Be an Entrepreneur: Social Enterprise and Disruptive Development in BangladeshIthaca: Cornell University Press.

2014 (2009) Tribeswomen of Iran: Weaving Memories among Qashqa’i Nomads. International Library of Iranian Studies, No. 15. London: I. B. Tauris.  Latifeh Yarshater Award recipient for best book on women in Iran published in 2008 and 2009.

Articles / Chapters

n.d. ‘A University Model of Social Finance: Reflections on the University of Edinburgh’s Social Investment Fund’ (with Dave Gorman). In Innovations in Social Finance: Transitioning Beyond Economic Value, Thomas Walker, Jane McGaughey, Sherif Goubran, and Nadia Wagdy, eds. London: Palgrave Macmillan.‚Äč

n.d. ‘Uncomfortable Comparisons: Anthropology, Development, and Mixed Feelings’ (with Katy Gardner). In The Anthropology of Comparison. Mathijs Pelkmans and Harry Walker, eds. 

2020 ‘Transient Assemblages, Ephemeral Encounters, and the “Beautiful Story” of a Japanese Social Enterprise in Rural Bangladesh.’ Critique of Anthropology 40(1): 125-145.

2019 ‘The Ambiguity of Mutuality: Discourse and Power in Corporate Value Regimes’ (with Catherine Dolan and Claire Gordon). Dialectical Anthropology.

2018 ‘Digital Aspirations: “Wrong-Number” Mobile-Phone Relationships and Experimental Ethics among Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Bangladesh.’ Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 24(1): 107-125.

2017 ‘The Ambiguous Figures of Social Enterprise: Gendered Flexibility and Relational Work among the iAgents of Bangladesh.’ American Ethnologist 44(4): 603-616.

2011 ‘Risk and Resilience among Contemporary Pastoralists in Southwestern Iran’ (with Lois Beck). In Sustainable Lifeways: Cultural Persistence in an Ever-changing Environment. Naomi Miller et al., eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

2006 ‘Integration, Modernization, and Resistance: Qashqa’i Nomads in Iran Since the Revolution of 1978-1979.’ In Nomadic Societies in the Middle East and North Africa: Entering the 21st Century. Dawn Chatty, ed. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers.

2006 ‘Manipulating Private Lives and Public Spaces in Qashqa’i Society in Iran’ (with Lois Beck). In Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Duke University Press, 26(2): 303-325.

PhD Students Supervised

Kirsten Campbell - Impacts and Implications of Energy Access on Rural Communities in East India

Silvia PergettiCharged: Imagined Futures and Distributed Generation in the Sundarbans, India

Topics interested in supervising

Social enterprise; data; social impact; impact investment; market-driven development; technology and development; money and alternative currencies; economic anthropology

If you are interested in being supervised by Juli Huang, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in International Development