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Anthropology and Development: Engaging Processes and Practices at Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Pre-University Levels

A research project of the Department of Anthropology, part of the Anthropology in Development research group.


Anthropology is not currently a subject taught at secondary schools, so many people choosing to do a degree in Anthropology or Human Sciences do so with a background knowledge informed by a variety of sources. This project will conduct research to examine what those sources are and will take anthropology to secondary schools in North-East England to generate knowledge of anthropology and issues of growing relevance to the discipline (poverty, international development, free trade etc). Dr Emma Gilberthorpe and the current MSc in Development Anthropology students (Kate Coleman, Sarah Einloth, Oli Filler, Steve Orchard, Stephanie Snaith) will develop and deliver ‘Anthropology and Development Days’ to engage pre-university students in anthropological discourse.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Anthropology And Development (£6492.00 from C-SAP)


Our study aims to examine how anthropology and development are articulated at various levels; maximise student engagement; improve the postgraduate learning experience; evaluate ways of generating global awareness through the medium of anthropology at pre-university level; and improve employability at postgraduate level though providing experience and practical training, at undergraduate level though highlighting the vocational aspects of anthropology, and at pre-university level by introducing anthropology as a vocational subject.


Through questionnaires, observation, feedback and evaluation we will develop a statistical package that will contribute to the development of the GCE A Level in Anthropology and enhance training and assessment at Durham. Our project website (in production) will also provide a forum for discussion and a resource for application.


From the Department of Anthropology

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