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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

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

My PhD - Wake Work Repeat - The Abstract Labour of German Management Consultants - dealt with German business consultants. My current research investigates the spread of anthropological knowledge in the UK.


Key Publications

- Stein, F. (2017) Work, sleep, repeat: The Abstract Labour of German Management Consultants. Bloomsbury: London. (Joint winner of the LSE Monographs Bloomsbury First Book Competition 2016)

Peer reviewed articles & book chapters

- Stein & D. Sridhar (under review) "The financialisation of global health" The Lancet.

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

- Stein, F. (forthcoming). “Selling speed - management consultants, acceleration and temporal angst.” PolAR - The Political and Legal Anthropology Review. (Winner of the 2015 APLA student paper prize)

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

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

- Eriksen, T. H. and F. Stein (2017). "Anthropology as counter-culture." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 23(1): 233-238.

- Stein, F. (2016). "'Anthropology needs to go mainstream' - An interview with Gillian Tett." Anthropology Today 32(6): 27-29.
- Helfrich, S. and F. Stein (2011). "Was sind Gemeingüter? [What are common goods?]” Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 61: 9-15.

Review articles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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