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Social Anthropology:


Leila Sinclair-Bright

Leila Sinclair-Bright
Dr Leila Sinclair-Bright
Career Development Fellow (Research and Teaching)
3.22 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK
+44 (0) 131 6506630
Research Interests
Politics of belonging, Citizenship, Political and legal anthropology, Zimbabwe, Land Reform, Human rights, Humanitarianism, ethnography, postcolonial state and civil society

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Tuesdays 11.00 - 13.00 or by appointment


I am an anthropologist of Southern Africa specialising in land rights, customary law, labour and state-citizen relations. My research has focused on the social and political lives of land beneficiaries and farmworkers on Zimbabwe's commercial farms a decade after the Fast Track Land Reform Program was launched. I teach the anthropology of Africa, human rights and humanitarianism, and anthropological theory. I am currently engaged in a number of different creative collaborative projects with students and staff here at Edinburgh aimed at making anthropology more accessible to non-academic audiences.


  • Anthropological Concepts (2nd year undergraduate)
  • Cultures of Human Rights and Humanitarianism (MSc)
  • Fundamentals: Anthropological Practice (1st year undergraduate)

Papers and Panels

2016 Co-convenor and discussant on panel: 'States of Care', ASAUK, University of Cambridge

2016 'Re-making citizens, re-making the state: land reform in Zimbabwe', EASA, University of Milano Bicocca

2014 'Zimbabwean Land Reform: between sympathy and recognition, farm workers and new farmers in a new resettlement area in Zimbabwe', African Research Forum, University of Cambridge

2014 Co-convenor of panel: ‘Community, belonging and moral sentiment: is to belong to be a moral person?’, ASA14 Decennial Conference, University of Edinburgh

2013 ‘Disrupting the Dead: the politics of morality in a new resettlement area in   Zimbabwe’, Corporealities of Violence in Southern Africa Workshop, University of Edinburgh 

2012 ‘Violence, Visibility and Human Rights: documentation practices of human rights NGOs working in Zimbabwe’, ASAUK, University of Leeds  


Co-organiser of the Inspiring Writing Workshops held within the School of Social and Political Studies. Workshops brought established writers and public engagement specialists from the Scottish literary community together with researchers based within the School, with the aim of developing specific skills in writing and public engagment methods. These workshops were funded by the School of Social and Political Science.