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Social Anthropology: Research


Research Themes

Bones Collective

The Bones Collective is an international and interdisciplinary research network of anthropologists, archaeologists, artists based at the University of Edinburgh who share an interest in human bones.

Borders, Citizenship and Migration

Attempts to control and regulate migration pose particular challenges for contemporary anthropology, raising questions about the status of human rights for migrants as well as the meanings, limitations and potential of legal claims to citizenship.

Atelier: Creative Arts and the Social Sciences Network

We have a long standing interest in visual media - from celluloid to the photograph - and our research is fostering new collaborations with artists and visual practitioners.

Environments & Co-Species Landscapes

In the context of anthropogenic changes to the global climate we set out to extend our understanding of relationships between humans and their environments.

The Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA)

We bring together a diverse group of scholars and students working on health, illness, and wellbeing in comparative perspective and host one of the largest and most active medical anthropology research groups in the UK.

International Development

Our research links key themes and questions in Social Anthropology to policies and plans in the arena of international development.

Kinship, Bodies and Relatedness

Over the past decade the anthropology of kinship and relatedness has been reshaped by Edinburgh anthropologists and current research on bodies and substances - from bones to blood - is proving to be equally influential.

Not Just Energy Futures

How do low carbon energy futures rework socio-material, economic and political relationships across South Asia, Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America? From September 2017 the Not Just Energy Futures Research Group – based in Social Anthropology – will bring together doctoral and postdoctoral scholars who are addressing this question through research projects focused on renewable energy technologies and infrastructures in India, Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Mexico.

Politics and Political Violence

Linking questions about the nature of democracy, identity and conflict our research shows how anthropology can take a central role in understanding other people's politics.

Public Anthropology

Religion and Public Action

Our research on religion and public action explores the interface between the religious and the political, from investigating the effects of evangelism to engaging with the role of faith based organisations in humanitarian interventions.

Technology & Material Culture

At Edinburgh we set out to show how anthropology can open up our understanding of the social politics of everyday technologies, from food to soap, and re-shape our engagements with the materiality of life itself, from bones to blood.

Freshers 2013