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Professor Catherine Alexander

Catherine joined Council as a staff member in August 2017 and is a Professor in the University’s Department of Anthropology.

Catherine’s first degree was in English Literature from Durham University. She then returned to Durham in 2012 to the Anthropology Department, having previously worked as an IT consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Deloittes, PWC and as a freelancer largely for the British and Turkish governments where she had roles as a programmer and technical designer working on a range of large IT strategies, procurements, implementations, and project management. Catherine also has an MPhil and PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she was awarded a Research fellowship at St John’s College, before moving to Goldsmiths for ten years.

Broadly ‘labelled’ as an economic and political anthropologist, much of Catherine’s research is concerned with shifting property regimes and intersections between public, private and third sectors. She carried out long-term fieldwork in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Britain and addressed these core concerns through migration, the built environment, contractual relationships, and waste, expansively understood. Some of this research has been undertaken as part of a large interdisciplinary research programme. Catherine has also written on English gardens.

Apart from a number of research grants and fellowships Catherine was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize and the Baker Medal by the Institute of Civil Engineers and has close links with the Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, which included co-directing a postdoctoral programme on industry and inequality in Eurasia (with Professors Hann and Parry).

While at Goldsmiths Catherine held several administrative roles within the Anthropology department and College, serving as Head of Department, on Academic Board and on Council. At Durham she was Anthropology’s Director of Research for REF2014 and Durham’s first Dean of Equality and Diversity. She has twice been elected by the Academic Electoral Assembly to represent staff on Senate via AEA Standing Committee and is a member of Council for St Cuthbert’s Society.