All Sussex anthropologists conduct primary research, mainly through long-term ethnographic fieldwork, which leads to publications that include book-length monographs, or ethnographies, edited collections and journal articles. Many Sussex anthropologists have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary, internationally collaborative and engaged research. We have strong and active research partnerships with a range of institutes at Sussex, nationally and internationally.
Sussex anthropology is distinctive in its interdisciplinary thinking, and in combining empirical and theoretical enquiry with a commitment to interpret and intervene in an increasingly complex, changing and materially unequal world. At once epistemological, ethical and political, this approach has generated a body of work that has as its common thread a concern with politics and social transformation, characteristically (though not exclusively) investigated through everyday practices. Whatever the substantive issues we are pursuing, our investigations are informed by a sensitivity to global processes and transnational linkages, to the forms of social differentiation, including gender, that configure them, and to the historical trajectories in which they are embedded. For more information, refer to Research themes (left).
Examples of Current Projects
Bionetworking in Asia – anthropology and transnational biomedical collaborations
This international project, an ESRC-funded 3-year project worth over £1.1 million, includes researchers from China, India, Japan, Thailand, and Europe. The project is studying transnational collaboration in the life sciences.
For more details see The Centre for Bionetworking website.
City at the Time of Crisis
City at the Time of Crisis is a research project that seeks to trace and research the effects of the ongoing financial crisis on urban public spaces in Athens, Greece.
For more information see The City at a Time of Crisis website.
Places for All?
Places for All? A Multi-Media Investigation of Citizenship, Work and Belonging in a Fast-Changing Provincial City
The central contention of this research is that a person’s attachment to the place where they live is shaped by their relations with other people in that place and by the ongoing and shifting connections they and others have to people and places further away. Using a combination of film, photography, oral history and theatre, the research is examining how much it is possible to create a sense of the commonality of this experience itself, within the specific geography and history of Peterborough and its environs.
For further information and links to research outputs please visit the Places for All project website
Charity and Philanthropy in Development
Roderick Stirrat and Filippo Osella
An innovative study looking at the role of charity and philanthropy in economic, social and health development is being launched. The study is being conducted in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, and is investigating Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim and secular forms giving, assessing their contribution towards achieving development goals.
For more information visit the Charity and Philanthropy in Development website
Sussex Anthropology Regions of Research Expertise (Staff)
This map shows some of the places where staff of Sussex Anthropology have conducted ethnographic research and have expertise. The map refers to wider regional and to a very wide range of thematic expertise. Please click on the names on the list below or/and the links on the place-mark on the map for further details. Blue place-marks are for Members of Faculty, turquoise place-marks are for Research Fellows and purple are Emeriti members of faculty.
for any comments about this map contact D.Dalakoglou@sussex.ac.uk
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