We are among the largest departments in the UK and our research interests are correspondingly diverse.
Our teaching is research-led and international in its orientation. Our house research is opening up the discipline into new and urgent terrains.
We have an active and inclusive research environment in which collaborative research practices and individual research trajectories thrive.
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The Social Anthropology Society
The Social Anthropology Society looks to combine academic and social events to bring people together and make a lovely, welcoming community for those interested in anthropology!
The Edinburgh Anthropology Showcase
Read our newsletter that highlights recent research from staff and students in the subject area of social anthropology.
News from Edinburgh’s Medicine Anthropology Journal
The team at the Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT) journal, based at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SPS), share their latest updates, including new issues, details of the MAT editorial team and becoming indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
Celebrated U.S. history scholar delivers Munro Lecture on the history of American fascism
Robin D G Kelley, Professor of American History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and author and activist for black lives and human justice, delivered the first of this semester’s two University of Edinburgh Munro Lectures.
Newsletter showcases new work from Social Anthropology staff and students
The fifth edition of the Edinburgh Anthropology Showcase is out now, celebrating new and recent work from the School of Social and Political Science’s (SPS) Social Anthropology department.
Personal burden of Covid-19 testing needs to be addressed to avoid testing fatigue
Despite the inconveniences and personal sacrifices involved, people in Scotland are willing to go to considerable efforts to make the Covid-19 testing system work, but more needs to be done to recognise and reduce this burden, say researchers.
Social Anthropology Seminar: Science-in-Vivo: Experiments with Microbes for the Philippines' 'Bananapocalypse'
Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race Four is a deadly soil-borne fungal disease that has stumped the global banana industry. While pesticides are systematically employed to control the spread of disease on plantations, the failures to develop a chemical control for Fusarium Wilt has exposed the paradigm limits of conventional agricultural science.
Social Anthropology Seminar: Book talk: Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean
From 2007–2012, maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia captivated global attention.
Social Anthropology Seminar: The Many Faces of Peace: Rule of Law, the Justice of the Peace, and Everyday Life in Haiti
Conventionally, Haiti is seen by foreign funding agencies as a “war-torn,” or “post-conflict,” or “failed,” state that needs “help.”
COP26 — the view from Bangladesh, Panama and from within the UNFCCC
As the COP26 meetings get underway in Glasgow, we welcome Naveeda Khan, Perry Maddox and Magnús Örn Agnesar Sigurðsson to discuss how they are applying anthropological lenses to policy forums, legal provisions and project implementations as they pertain to climate, land and environmental damage in Bangladesh, Panama and within the UNFCCCC.