Political and economic anthropology, Law and society, Taxation and citizenship, Borderlands, Infrastructure, West and Central Africa, Cameroon, Chad
Muñoz has conducted extensive fieldwork in Cameroon and its neighbouring countries on topics ranging from business organisation and public administration reform to corporate social responsibility, corruption, and taxation.
For the last six years, Muñoz has been part of AFRIGOS, an European Research Council-funded project led by Paul Nugent, which investigated the patterns of governance that are emerging across the African continent out of unprecedented levels of investment in transport infrastructure. The project has allowed Muñoz to conduct extensive fieldwork in Chad and Cameroon, gaining insight into the lived experience and perspectives of representatives of multilateral and bilateral lenders, government officials, managers of construction companies, freight forwarders, trucking companies, and drivers and their unions. Available in open access, the edited volume Transport Corridors in Africa (James Currey) offers a sample of the project team's research.
Muñoz's publications include Doing Business in Cameroon: An Anatomy of Economic Governance (International African Library, Cambridge University Press), an ethnographic monograph that explores how different business practices and repertoires have enabled distinct modes of governing the economy in the city of Ngaoundere (Cameroon) from the colonial era to the present. Based on fieldwork and archival research, it examines four arenas of the provincial economy—the cattle trade, road transport, public contracts, and the projects of non-governmental organizations—at the interface with state institutions.
Topics interested in supervising
Economic Anthropology; Legal Anthropology; Anthropology of Finance; Taxes; Bureaucracy; Public Administration; Infrastructure and Technology; Borderlands; Political Ecology; Forestry and Mining; Pastoralism; Islam; Youth; Law and Development; Corporate Social Responsibility; Corruption and Anti-corruption; West and Central Africa; Cameroon; Chad
NB Muñoz will be away from Edinburgh on leave during academic year 2022-23
Licenciatura en Derecho, Univesidad Pontificia Comillas, ICADE (Spain)
Licenciatura en Antropología Social, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
MSc in Social Anthropology, University College London
PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Northwestern University (USA)
Anthropology and African Studies were for Muñoz a way out of the drudgery of legal practice in Spain, his home country. University College London and Northwestern University, two institutions renowned for their long-standing Africanist tradition, had a decisive impact on the formative years that followed his decision to abandon professional law. With time, he has come to see his legal training as an essential part of his toolkit as a researcher and a constant source of interdisciplinary impetus. From 2010 to 2012, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University’s Program in Development Studies.
Konstantin Biehl, Food safety and toxic uncertainty in Kenya
Francesco Longo, Music scences in the Cote d'Ivoire-Ghana borderlands
Daniel Essapo, Water governance in Douala, Cameroon