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Current research students

 List of students conducting research at the Department of Anthropology

Anthropology PhD Destinations

The majority of our PhD students continue to academic posts, whilst a smaller number have gone on to enjoy careers in other fields.  Of the fifty four PhD students who graduated between 2016 and 2022, forty two have proceeded to either post-doctoral research or teaching fellowships, or to permanent academic appointments.

Most of those with permanent academic appointments are working in departments of Social Anthropology, though our PhD students have, in the past, also gone on to work in departments of Geography and Archaeology. These permanent posts are at Edinburgh, Cambridge, Oxford, Kent, Manchester, SOAS, Goldsmiths, Bristol, Aberystwyth and UCL. Others have appointments at the University of Hong Kong, Bogazici University in Turkey and the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin.

Post doctoral teaching and research fellowships, held at institutions across the world, are the first destination for the great majority of our PhD students.  These include fellowships at the following universities and centres: LSE; Princeton University, USA; Oxford; Ghent University, Belgium; Edinburgh; Kent School of Anthropology and Conservation; Rotterdam International Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands; European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan, University of Tübingen, Germany; Manchester; Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzen, China; University of Bern, Switzerland; Centre for Indigenous and Intercultural Research, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; University of Vienna, Austria; The Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University, Melbourne; Cambridge; the Centre for Energy Ethics at St Andrews. Named fellowships include the Evans-Pritchard Fellowship at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and the Smuts Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Non Academic Careers: Not all PhD students wish to pursue an academic career. Our graduates have gone on to work in publishing, in development (for example, co-ordinating gender programmes for the UN) within business and corporations, as freelance writers and as tutors in mental health trusts. 


Ajibade, Kat (in the field)
Area of interest: Senegal
Anthropology of Catholicism, African Catholicism, Catholic inculturation and vocation

Alcalde, Miguel (post-field)
Area of interest: Urban Croatia
Interests: Cognitive and psychological anthropology, attention, subjective experience, practices of self-development, religion (especially Christianity) 

Bahceci, Sergen (post-field)
Area of interest: Northern Cyprus
Interests: Violence, subjectivity, sovereignty

Balan, Maria (pre-field)Area of interest: BoliviaInterests: street children, responsibility, inhalant abuse

Bazambanza, Caroline (in the field)
Area of interest: London
Interests: reproductive health, motherhood and race

Cabana-Alvear, Gabriela (post-field)
Area of interest: Chile
Interests: bureaucracy; policy-making; energy; natural resources

Cottrell, Hannah (post-field)
Area of Interest: Japan
Interests: Childhood; Anthropology of aspiration; Education policy; Gender and globalisation

del Gallo, Marco (in the field)
Area of interest: Indonesia
Interests: Urban Ecology, political anthropology, infrastructure, social justice

Dillabough-Lefebvre, Dominique (post-field)
Area of interest: Burma/Myanmar
Interests: Environmental anthropology, political and economic anthropology, agrarian transitions

Doherty, Jonathan (post-field)
Area of interest: Bali, Indonesia
Interests: Animism and magic; cosmologies; ritual theory


Faure, Agathe (post-field)
Area of interest: Colombia
Interests: Indigenous forced displacement; anthropology of mobility and urban anthropology; time/space and social/political reconstruction

Figueroa-De-La-Ossa, Giselle (in the field)
Area of interest: UK and Colombia
Interests: gold mining, financial markets, political economy of accumulation and speculation

Flatau, Sasha (post-field)
Area of interest: Colombian Amazon
Interests: Anthropology of Amazonia, Anthropology of Childhood, Justice, Morality

Garcia-Briceno, Luis (post-field)
Area of interest: Venezuelan Amazonia
Interests: Anthropology of Amazonia, Amerindian Christianities, lines/paths, music, rhythms and repetition. 

Gheewala Lohiya, Anishka (post-field)
Area of Interest; India, Gujarat and the UK
Interests: Anthropology of Religion,  India, Hinduism, Prayer

Giattino, Angela (post-field)
Area of interest: Peruvian Amazon
Interest: Higher indigenous intercultural education; Amazonian youth; educational inequality; subjectivity and cognition

Gonzalez Rosas, Arturo (post-field)
Area of interest: Peruvian, Colombian and Brazilian tri-border region in Amazonia
Interests: Social movements; Indigenous identity; State-making 

Jaede, Riccardo (post-field)
Area of interest: West Bengal, India
Interests: Anthropology of ethics; urban anthropology

Jiang, Jiarong (pre-field)
Area of interest: Tibetan region in China
Interests: interspecies and multispecies (or multi-entities) studies; pastoralism; political ecology and environment; practicing religion and Tibetan Buddhism

Jivraj, Naseem (post-field) 
Area of interest: UK
Interests: Migrant South Asian women, transnational family breakdown, UK asylum process, legal, social and emotional precarity, mental health, domestic abuse, Psychological Anthropology and Anthropology of Personhood


Kong, Pengyin (post-field)
Area of interest: China, Tibet
Interests: Infrastructure; labor; ethnic identity 

Lai, Fred (in the field)
Area of interest: China
Interests: Dementia, kinship, politics and ethics of care

Lamare, Gertrude (post-field)
Area of interest; India and Bangladesh
Interests: Colonial infrastructure, ruins, roads and markets

Li, Dan (post-field)
Area of interest: China
Interests: informal economy; technology; market

Madden, Rhys (in the field)
Area of interest: UK, Guyana, Mauritius
Interests: Ambivalence, uncertainty and doubt; migration histories; flooding; coastal habitat restoration; material culture

McMahon, Tierra (post-field) 
Area of Interest: Morocco
Interests: Animal sacrifice; mutuality, serving & hierarchy; kinship; conceptions of nature; religion in practice; the political economy of modernity

Milano, Annaliese (post-field)
Area of interest: UK/US
Interests: cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology and open source software; value, digital labor and capitalism; digital ethnography

Osborn, Nick (post-field)
Area of interest: Guatemala
Interests: christianity; ethics; memory and migration, anthropology of plantations 

Pradhan, Sagarika (pre-field)
Area of interest: India
Interests: Disability; Schooling; Self-Identity and Personhood

Rose, Rahul (post-field)
Area of interest: India, UK
Interests: attention; attention economy; hinduism; history of yoga; COVID-19 response in India

Ruzol, Clarissa (in the field)
Area of interest: Philippines
Interests: pragmatic knowledge; dam and development; Chinese funding


Sandoval Marmolejo, Ignacio (post-field)
Area of interest: Chile
Interests: State-making; political practices; social classes 

Shehata, Eman (post-field)
Area of interest: France
Interests: professional training; work; affect theory

Sollie, Kaia (pre-field)
Area of interest: Europe
Interests: migrant labour; seasonality; Europe and the EU

Stahl, Laura (post-field)
Area of interest: China, Taiwan
Interests: Economic subjectivity, information technology, artificial intelligence, software, entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity

Tengprawat, Thanakrit (post-field)
Area of interest: Thailand
Interests: Cultural Heritage; Thai State and its Local Politics; Globalization; Kinship; Cosmopolitanism; Kui Ethnic

Tiilila, Taru (pre-field)
Area of interest: Kenya
Interests: mentalization / Theory of Mind, psychological and cognitive anthropology

Watt, Connor (post-field)
Area of interest: North East Scotland
Interests: oil, work, time

Whittle, Catherine (post-field)
Area of interest: UK
Interests: Extinction Rebellion; climate crisis; existential fear; religion and spirituality

Wilby, Sam (post-field)
Area of interest: South Asia
Interests: Agrarian change, swidden cultivation, ritual, sacrifice, value, scale, and inequality

Williams, Cai (pre-field)
Area of interest: Alberta, Canada
Interests: Anthropology of Taxation, Oil and Gas extraction, Conservative Politics

Yan, De (pre-field)Area of interest: ChinaInterests: Political anthropology; Urban bureaucracy; Formalism

Zhou, Yufei (post-field)
Area of interest: Tibetan areas in China
Interests: Ethics; human-animal relations; ethnicity; ontology and cosmology; value; pastoralism; consumerism; dogs

Zhu, Tongyue (in the field)
Area of interest: China
Interests: scarcity and insecurity, presence and absence, good life, refrigerator