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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Supervisors and Topics

Supervisor Topics Interested in Supervising

Richard Baxstrom

Urban anthropology, Cinema, Art, popular culture, Southeast Asia, Anthropology and Philosophy, Anthropology of ethics, Religion And Ritual, Witchcraft, History of anthropology, North America, Neoliberal Governmentality, Neoliberalism

I welcome applications from students who are interested in any combination of the following areas: (1) Cinema, art, and popular culture; (2) Small-town neoliberalism and 'enterprise' as a form of life in the Southwestern region of the United States; (3) contemporary societal change and emergent forms of living; (4) the experience of contemporary urban life, particularly in Southeast Asia; (5) concepts of 'the human' and of 'nature', accounting for the limits of such concepts (limits - the virtual, the animal, the 'monster', the 'beast', the 'thing').

Tom Boylston

Media anthropology, Game studies, Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of Technology, Anthropology of Ethiopia

I am interested in supervising students studying topics related to the anthropology of games and play, anthropology of media and technology, Ethiopia, and anthropology of religion

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Francesca Bray

Material Culture, China and East Asia, Gender regimes, Agriculture and the politics of food, Technology and society, Global history, history of technology

I am no longer accepting new students.

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Janet Carsten

I welcome enquiries about supervision of research on kinship and relatedness broadly conceived, on inter-generational relations and memory, and on Southeast Asia - especially Malaysia. I have supervised research on diverse topics - from the world of horse racing in Newmarket to donor insemination in the UK; from tourism in Malaysia to ethnic identity, kinship and memory in Java; from marriage in Cairo to fur and inter-generational relations in Poland, and from coming of age rituals in the former East Germany, to kinship and care in Botswana in a time of AIDS. I currently supervise students working on a wide range of topics, including kinship and care of Alzheimer's patients in London, and parenthood in Edinburgh.

Hsiao-Chiao Chiu

Kinship and relatedness, Kinship-related rituals, Gender, Marriage and marital preferences, Taiwan, China, Anthropology of ethics, care

Jessica Cooper

Care, ethics, affect theory, madness, law, governance, psychoanalysis, Theories of Punishment, the state, ethnographic methods, Anthropology of the United States

I am interested in supervising students with projects related to any of my research interests.

Jacob Copeman

South Asia, Gurus, Blood Donation, Tissue Economies, Social Reform, Media, Technology and society, India, Medical Anthropology, Names and Naming, Secularism

I welcome enquiries from students interested in pursuing projects that relate to my broad interests in tissue economies/biological exchange, medical anthropology, technological cultures and radical social reform movements; and in aspects of South Asian society, especially caste and communal politics, 'guru cultures', and the politics of names and naming.

Magnus Course

Ethnography, Mythology and folklore, Memory, Language and Identity, Gaelic Scotland, Environment, fishing, the sea, Chile, South America, Death, religion and ritual, Italy

I would be interested in supervising projects relating to: Language and social life; Native American ontologies and cosmologies; Kinship and personhood; fishing; death.

Michael Crawley
Michael Crawley

Anthropology of Ethiopia, Youth, Embodiment and the anthropology of the body, Anthropology of Sport

Jamie Cross

Ethnography, International development, South Asia, renewable energy, Solar photovoltaics, Technology and society, Sub-Saharan Africa

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Resto Cruz

Kinship and relatedness, social mobility, life course research, Intergenerational relations, personhood, personal lives, Archives, Data Studies, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Britain, Youth, ageing, Inequality, class, bioinformation

Agustin Diz

Indigenous Peoples, Political Economy, Labour, Unemployment, Welfare, Extractive industries, Oil and Gas, Latin American Culture and Society, Argentina, Economic Anthropology, International development, Applied Anthropology, Sovereignty, ethnography, Growth and Degrowth, Gran Chaco

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Jacob Doherty

Urban anthropology, Environmental anthropology, Development studies, African studies, Waste, Mobility, infrastructure, Informal economies, Work & Labour, Capitalism, Race & Racism, Gender and Development, Visual Culture, ethnography

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Stefan Ecks

Medical Anthropology, Medical pluralism, Anthropology of Pharmaceuticals, Anthropology of food, Transcultural psychiatry

I am interested in supervising research in all areas of medical anthropology, especially topics relating to pharmaceuticals, mental health, and South Asia.

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Alexander Edmonds

Anthropology of health and medicine, War veterans, Mental health, Military cultures, Military psychiatry, Plastic surgery, gender and beauty, Health and international development, Ethnicity and race

Jamie Furniss

Middle East and North Africa, Anthropology of development, Egypt, Waste and waste collectors

Middle East; Waste; Environment; International Development

Anthony Good

South Asia, Immigration, Kinship, Hinduism, Legal anthropology, Legal pluralism, asylum seekers and refugees

In the past I have supervised students working on Hindus in Pakistan; Hindu festivals in South India and Edinburgh; divine possession in the Nilgiris; pilgrimage in Kerala; Indian kingship; South Indian classical dance; satellite television in India; Buddhist revival in Cambodia; relations between the dead and the living in contemporary Vietnam; appropriate technology in Sri Lanka; child labour; child refugees in Africa; West African migrants in Morocco; culturally competent nursing for asylum applicant families; experiences of waiting among asylum applicants; and the social integration of refugees (the last three all focused on Glasgow). Although officially retired I am still willing to co-supervise research students (but only if their topic really interests me!) in areas related to: India and Sri Lanka; refugees and migration; anthropology of law; kinship; anthropology of religion; historical anthropology.

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Sophie Haines

Environmental anthropology, Knowledge production and practices, Anthropology of Development, Science and technology studies, infrastructure, Weather and Climate, Forecasting practices, Conservation and development, Political ecology, Science, technology and development, Belize, water

I am interested in supervising students with projects related to any of my research interests.

Serra Hakyemez

Sovereignty, Human rights, Social movements, digital militarism, Kurdish movement, courtroom ethnography, Political violence, anthropology of law, war on terror, Turkey, Middle East

Ian Harper

International development, South Asia, Medical Anthropology, Global Health Policy

Interested in supervising students in areas related to:
anthropology and (public) health, those working on Nepal, and particularly with students who wish to develop interdisciplinary research experience.

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Morteza Hashemi

Global Social Theory, Decoloniality, Sociology of Immigration, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Technology, Intersection of Religion and Technology, Race and Identity, Social Integration in Britain, Ethnography, Fortress Europe, Neo-Khaldunian Social Theory, Blood and Organ Donation, Grassroots Movements, Medical Sociology, Social Policy

Naomi Haynes

Christianity, Political economy, Southern Africa, Hierarchy, Values, Economic anthropology, Religion And Ritual

I welcome inquiries from students interested in the anthropology of Christianity, the anthropology of religion, economic anthropology, and southern Africa

Casey High

I welcome enquiries form prospective students interested in any of my research fields.

Lotte Hoek

Media anthropology, Sexuality, Visual Culture, Cinema, Urban Ethnography, South Asia, Bangladesh, Pakistan

I am interested in supervising PhD applicants with research projects relating to any of my research interests.

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Juli Huang

Social enterprise, technology and development, Anthropology of Money, Alternative currencies, Economic anthropology, International development, South Asia, Bangladesh, Iran, Big data

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

Delwar Hussain
Delwar Hussain

Ethnography, Gender and Sexuality, Borderlands, Bangladesh, Fences, South Asia, Modernisation, Decolonisation, War on terror, Political Islam, Religious Identity, labour, religion, LGBT, Spain, history, Pakistan, India

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Laura Jeffery

Forced displacement, Migration studies, Critical heritage studies, Conservation and development, Human-environment relations, Migration and development, Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), Arts-Based Research Methods, Migration and Health, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

I welcome PGR supervision enquiries relating to my current research interests in: healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement; creative engagement with migration and displacement; intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and human-environment relations in the context of protracted displacement.

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Chisomo Kalinga

Medical Humanities, Illness narratives, Narrative Medicine, Disease as Metaphor, Arts & Humanities-based research methodologies, participatory action resarch, Oral & print literary cultures, History of Medicine in Malawi, Traditional healing practices

Aaron Kappeler

International development, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods, Food Security, labor, Environment, Political ecology, Capitalism and its critics, indigeneity, mestizaje, sovereignty, State formation, populism, Latin American Culture and Society

Tobias Kelly

Political and legal anthropology, Political violence, Pacifism, Human rights, Anthopology of Britain, Historical Anthropology, Israeli-Palestinian conflict

I am interested in supervising PhDs that look at human rights, political anthropology, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, political violence and pacifism.

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Lucy Lowe

Feminism, gender, Reproductive Health, Somalia, Migration and Displacement, Refugee studies, , Motherhood, Reproductive Justice, Diaspora and transnationalism, Gender and Health, Kenya, sexuality

I am interested in supervising research students working on obstetric and gynaecological health; motherhood; gender; forced migration; displacement; diasporas and transnationalism; reproductive rights and justice; and in Kenya or the Horn of Africa.

Siobhan Magee

Kinship and relatedness, Marriage, History and Memory, Gender and Sexuality, Material Culture, United States, Poland, Political and economic anthropology, Legal anthropology

I would be happy to discuss potential projects related to any of my research interests.

Rebecca Marsland

Medical Anthropology, Tanzania, East Africa, Funerals, International development, HIV and AIDS, Witchcraft, Human-animal relationships, Bees, Veterinary Anthropology

Interested in supervising students in areas related to: Medical Anthropology Anthropology of Science/Development East Africa Human and Animal Relationships Veterinary Anthropology

Eirini Papadaki

Kinship, adoption, , motherhood, gender, Sexuality, marriage, ethics, unwed pregnancy, Greece

Ayaz Qureshi

Ethnography, Pakistan, Public health, Bureaucracy, HIV/AIDS, Gender and Development, Neoliberal Governmentality

Health, Migration, Infectious Disease, Global Health, NGOs, Development, Bureaucracy, South Asia, Pakistan

Koreen Reece
Koreen M. Reece

Kinship, Marriage, Care, Crisis, HIV and AIDS, Children and childhood, International development, Humanitarianism, NGOs, Social work, Botswana, Southern Africa

Lotte Buch Segal

Ethnography, Political violence, Israel-Palestine, Anthropology of the Middle East, gender, Kinship and relatedness, Trauma, Anthropology of ethics, Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Scandinavia

Occupied Palestine, The Middle East, Trauma, Refugees, Violence, Subjectivity, Kinship, Knowledge, Ethics

Jeevan Sharma

Migrant labor, Migration and development, livelihoods, Gender and Development, Youth, human rights, Development and Humanitarian Aid, Global Health, Reproductive & child health, Monitoring and Evaluation, Nepal and the Himalaya, South Asia

In particular, I welcome students working in the following fields: ethics, politics and practices of international development (development, humanitarian global health and human rights) response, labour migration and socio-political change in South Asia and and the Himalayas.

Jonathan Spencer
Jonathan Spencer

Religion and Politics, Sri Lanka, South and Southeast Asia, Buddhism, War and peace

I am currently working with a number of students researching the politics, history and culture of Sri Lanka, including the wider Sri Lankan diaspora. I am also interested in working with students interested in the anthropology of democracy and the political history of social anthropology, on religion and politics, and on other issues in South and Southeast Asia.

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Alice Street

Anthropology of Melanesia, Biomedical knowledge(s), practices and technologies, hospital ethnography, State building, International development, Bureaucratic Power, nutraceuticals

I am interested in supervising students working in the areas of Melanesia, biomedicine, hospital ethnography, management knowledge, bureaucracy, anthropology of the state.

Michelle Taylor

Global Health, International development, Control of neglected zoonotic and tropical diseases, diagnostics, drug discovery and development, Development aid, Evidence

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Neil Thin

Happiness, wellbeing and the good life, appreciative research, aspirational social planning

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Dimitri Tsintjilonis

Death, sacrifice, personhood, spirit possession, monsters, Indonesia, Greece

From shamanism and spirit possession, I have supervised postgraduate work on a variety of topics and ethnographic contexts. Apart from research which focuses on Indonesia and Southeast Asia, I am particularly interested in work which explores different cosmologies and attempts to understand the efficacy of ritual patterns - especially in the context of death and mortuary rites. I am also interested in supervising work which focuses on the connections between cosmology and the more pedestrian rhythms of day-to-day life through which agency is ‘sedimented’ in objects, words and everyday activities like cooking, gardening, telling stories, and making friends or enemies. I have supervised a number of very different PhD projects. Here are a few examples: 'From Spirits to Pollution: Death In Japan', 'The enactment of Past and Future in Afro-Cuban religions', 'Religion and Education amongst the Bonpo', 'Enchantment and "The Word" in a Scottish Fishing Village', 'Catholicism, Language and Community-belonging on Barra', 'Pilgrimage narratives', 'Indigeneity and ethnicity among the Utan (Riau, Indonesia)', and 'Heathen worship communities'. I am currently supervising work on the phenomenology of death in Nepal, death and perceptions of risk in (post Fukushima) Japan, animism and nature in Peru, and curses in Tuva.

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Eva Vernooij

HIV and AIDS, Medical Anthropology, Biomedical knowledge(s), practices and technologies, health care systems, policy and interventions, diagnostics, hospital ethnography, sub-Saharan Africa

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Ann-Christin Wagner

Return / transnational migration, Refugee studies, Transnational labour migration, Reproductive Health, Research ethics, Iraq and Middle East, East Africa, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods

Migrations in the Middle East; refugee livelihoods; agricultural labour; food security; faith-based humanitarianism

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Kath Weston

Kinship, Political ecology, Anthropology of Finance, Science and technology, Historical anthropology, identity politics, Embodiment and the anthropology of the body, Disasters, Climate change, water, environmental politics, ethnographic writing

Emilija Zabiliute

South Asia, India, diabetes, Medical Anthropology, care, kinship, vulnerability, urban poor, neighbours, gender, gendered violence, Gender and Development, International development

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