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Dr Felix Stein

Dr Felix Stein

Affiliated Researcher, Department of Social Anthropology


MPhil Development Studies, University of Oxford
MPhil Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
PhD Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge



Research Interests

I specialise in economic and development anthropology, in particular audit, capitalism, commodification, corporate forms, global health, labour and time. My focus lies with Europe (esp. Germany & the UK) and Latin America (esp. Haiti).

For my PhD in Anthropology at the University of Cambridge I studied the work of German management consultants. My book on this topic, was published by Bloomsbury in 2017 as part of the LSE Monographs in Social Anthropology series. It won the 2015 APLA student paper prize and the LSE Monographs Bloomsbury First Book Competition.

During a year of postdoctoral research at Cambridge, I studied the impact of UK anthropology on wider society.

Now at the University of Edinburgh I work on the Global Health Governance Programme, as part of which I carry out an ethnographic study of the World Bank's role in health in Haiti.


Key Publications


2017. Stein, F., S. Lazar, M. Candea, H. Diemberger, J. Robbins, A. Sanchez, R. Stasch 2017 The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Online at

2017. Stein, F. Work, sleep, repeat: The Abstract Labour of German Management Consultants. London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology. Bloomsbury: London.

Read the book's introduction here.

Peer reviewed articles & book chapters

2018 (forthcoming). 'States and Markets'. In Research Agenda in Economic Anthropology (ed) J. Carrier. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK.

(under review) Stein & D. Sridhar. ‘The financialisation of global health’ The Lancet Global Health.

2018 Stein, F. 'Economies of Legitimacy'. In New Directions in Elite Studies. Korsnes Olaf, Johan Heilbron, Johs Hjellbrekke, Felix Bühlmann and Mike Savage (eds.) Routledge: London.

2018 Stein, F. 'Selling speed - management consultants, acceleration and temporal angst.' PolAR - The Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 40(1): TBD.

2017 Stein, F. 'Anthropology’s “impact” – a comment on audit and the unmeasurable nature of critique' The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 24(1): 

2017 'Boundary work – power and liminality in management consulting'. In New Directions in Elite Studies (eds) Korsnes Olaf, Johan Heilbron, Felix Bühlmann and Mike Savage: 280-296. Routledge: London. Stein, F. & D. Sridhar. 2018. 'The financialisation of global health' Wellcome Open Research 3(17): 1-4. 

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2017 Stein, F. & D. Sridhar 'Health as ‘global public good’: Creating a market for pandemic risk?' The British Medical Journal.358: j3397.

2017 Eriksen, T. H. and F. Stein 'Anthropology as counter-culture.' Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 23(1): 233-238.

2016 Stein, F. '"Anthropology needs to go mainstream" - An interview with Gillian Tett.' Anthropology Today 32(6): 27-29.

2011 Helfrich, S. and F. Stein 'Was sind Gemeingüter? [What are common goods?]' Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 61: 9-15.

Book Reviews

2017 Stein, F. 'Review of Anthropology and Economy.' The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 35(1): 147-148.

2016 Stein, F. 'Review of "Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa"', Social Anthropology 24(1): 123-124

Selected Public Writing

2018 (forthcoming). 'Interview: Die Welt ist nie so profitabel wie sie sein könnte [Interview: The world is never as profitable as it could be]'. Tonic: Das Magazin für *

2017 Stein, F. 'The World Bank's new Pandemic Insurance - A wise use of donor money? '

2017 Stein, F. & D. Sridhar. 'The World Bank reinvents itself - and puts poverty reduction at risk'. The Conversation. (reprints in the Wire, Quartz,

2017 Stein, F. 'So, what is the World Bank's business model?

2017 Stein, F. 'On the equal validity of methods in Global Health research',

2017 Stein, F. '“Post-truth” and the social sciences', (reprint in Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Blog).

2016 Stein, F. 'Anthropology, Brexit and Xenophobia in Europe', Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Blog (reprint in Allegralab).