Anthropology and Sociology of Development



The Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development (ANSO) offers cutting edge research and teaching in both disciplines on contemporary actors, institutions, processes and dynamics of transnationalization and localization. Critical of totalising views of globalisation and development, ANSO bridges the conventional North-South divide, and the worlds of academia and policy.

Research and teaching at the Department is premised on the understanding that problems affecting various regions yet experienced differently by men and women in different locations across the world can be productively examined by way of empirically sound and theoretically sophisticated comparative scholarship. Be it in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, as well as Europe, North and South America, our research is primarily geared towards the ethnographic analysis of social, political, economic, legal and cultural phenomena in the following domains:

  • governance and the state; international organisations; law and policy;
  • borders and displacement; migration and minorities;
  • global security and everyday insecurity;
  • bio-medicine and bio-technologies; reproductive health, and gender relations;
  • markets, land, labour and corporations;
  • urban studies; agriculture and food security
  • violence, conflict and social movements.