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Social Anthropology: Research


Current Projects

The Afterlives of War

This project is an anthropological study of combat trauma in three nations: Israel, the United States, and the Netherlands.

Alchemists of the Revolution?

This project conducts detailed ethnographic research in three areas of South Asia (India, Nepal and Sri Lanka) with a view to understanding educated unemployed young people's political practices.

Arts for Advocacy: Creative Engagement with Forced Displacement in Morocco

An 18-month ESRC-AHRC funded project will develop innovative, interdisciplinary, and participatory arts-based methods to facilitate research and advocacy on forced displacement in Morocco.

CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage across Generations

An Arts & Humanities Research Council funded project aiming to facilitate the intergenera1onal transmission and digital sharing of the cultural heritage of the forcibly displaced and geographically dispersed Chagossian community.

Christian Nationalism

This ESRC Funded Project explores the role of religion in public life through a specific case study: Zambia, the only African country to make a state-sponsored declaration that it is a Christian nation.

A Comparative Anthropology of Conscience, Ethics and Human Rights

This ERC Consolidator Grant is lead by Tobias Kelly, in conjunction with Jonathan Spencer and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic (both at Edinburgh), Sidharthan Maunaguru (National University of Singapore) and Harini Amarasuriya (Open University of Sri Lanka).

The Documentation of Torture and Ill-Treatment

A Comparative Analysis of the Documentation of Torture and Ill-Treatment I n Low-Income Countries.

Doing Well By Doing Good

Capitalism, Humanitarianism and International Development Jamie Cross and Alice Street (ESRC Seminar Series 2014-17)

The Ends of Modernism

This three year project pushes interest in the visual culture of Bangladesh towards an understanding of the political uses of public art and the production of notions of ethical citizenship through art and film appreciation.

Endangered Languages Documentation

This is a collaborative research project with linguist Dr. Connie Dickinson and indigenous people in Amazonian Ecuador that aims to document the indigenous Warani Language through video recordings, transcription and translation.

The Making of a Solar Market in Rural India

This project explores the kinds of relationships being built into and shaped by the sale of low-cost, solar powered lighting systems to people who live without reliable access to mains electricity.

New Norms and Forms of Development

Brokerage in Maternal and Child Health Service Development and Delivery in Nepal and Malawi.

Non-Traditional Causes

Ethnographic research on the relationship of cause to justice, centered on the global epidemic of chronic kidney disease among plantation laborers. Supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Off the Grid

This project sets out to visualise the relationships that make up infrastructures for health services and energy in places where infrastructure is celebrated or experienced as being 'off the grid'.

A Political Ecology of Value

National Science Foundation-funded study that asks how ideas of “quality of life” (buen vivir) are mobilized and contested in a densely populated area of Managua, Nicaragua.

Sustainability, Culture and Language in Hebridean Fishing

This ESRC Impact Grant project brings the cultural and linguistic value of Hebridean fishing to the forefront of public debate about the future of Scotland’s seas.

TRACES: Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages With the Arts

Collaborative research on cases of contentious heritage, developing new participatory public interfaces.

Understanding TB control

This 5 year Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, which began in October 2012, will explore issues around the implementation of the WHO STOP TB Strategy.

Edinburgh Students