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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Prof Catherine Alexander

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41622
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41615
Room number: D106B

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I’ve carried out fieldwork in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Britain on changing relations between state, market and the third sector, the built environment, migration, waste and technology. My most recent period of fieldwork explored how formerly elite closed ‘nuclear’ towns in Kazakhstan were trying to re-connect to broader economies. I read English Literature at Durham, later moving to social anthropology at Cambridge University; inbetween I worked for a number of central government departments in Britain and Turkey. I moved to the Durham Anthropology Department in 2012 after ten years working in Goldsmiths.


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