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Professor of Social Anthropology, SOAS, University of London

Emma Crewe is a Research Professor at SOAS, University of London and a Research Supervisor at the University of Hertfordshire. An anthropologist by training, she has taught at Sussex University and SOAS. She worked in international development for thirty years as a social scientist, policy adviser, manager and trustee/chair of civil society organisations. Her ethnographic research into organisations focuses on the UK Parliament and civil society organisations in the UK, Eastern Africa and South Asia. She has published ethnographies on development (1998, with E. A Harrison), the House of Lords (2005) and the House of Commons (2015), the expenses scandal (2019, with A. Walker), and the Anthropology of Parliaments (2021). She is established the Royal Anthropology Institute's Committee on the Anthropology of Policy and Practice and is currently Director of the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People, co-ordinating a global coalition of researchers undertaking an ethnographic study of parliaments in Brazil, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, the UK and the US (funded by an European Research Council Advanced Grant 2019-2024).


  • –present
    Professor, SOAS


  • 1993 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Social Anthropologists UK
  • Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Study of Parliament Gorup