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Economy, Environment and Wellbeing

The ways in which human beings interact with nature, produce, distribute and consume the fruits of their labour, and attend to the health and flourishing of themselves and those around them are core concerns of social anthropology.  Our Department has long-standing strengths in economic and environmental anthropology, and we have an established and growing commitment to medical anthropology.  Through the lenses of a range of theoretical approaches, and with an interest in the past as well as in contemporary societies, we explore such issues as class, labour, and corruption; cultural conceptions of life and death; the body; bioethics; land use; development, pastoralism; and the social causes and impacts of climate change.  Research in these areas is conducted throughout the Department, and it makes central contributions to work in the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit and to the interdisciplinary MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society.

Subspecialties

Becoming Shamans to be Healed
Blowing in the Wind: Renewable energy and Ethnic Minorities in Chinese Inner Mongolia
Climate Histories Research Group: Communicating Cultural Knowledge of Environmental Change
CRIC - Cultural Heritage and the Reconstruction of Identitites after Conflict 2008-2012
Criminal Capital
Environmental Knowledge in Alaska and Mexico
Gambling across the Pacific: the Fluttering Tide
Gathering and communicating climate knowledge, with particular reference to generating impact at local and national levels
Himalayan connections: melting glaciers, sacred landscapes and mobile technologies in a Changing Climate
HimalConnect: Network and Knowledge-Sharing Workshops in Nepal and Bhutan
Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation at MIASU
Mongolia's Natural Resource Strategy
Mongolian Cosmopolitical Heritage: Tracing Divergent Healing Practices Across the Mongolian-Chinese Border
Pathways Project
Plugstreet Project
Scrap Value
Solar powered praying wheels
The Roots of Success
Tradition and Modernity in Tibet and the Himalayas
Transforming Technologies and Buddhist Book Culture