Irene Skovgaard-Smith

Senior lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

Irene Skovgaard-Smith is Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. As a Social Anthropologist, her research focuses on transnational professionals and cosmopolitan identity formation and the social status of professional elites such as management consultants.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2009–2012
    Adjunct assistant professor, VU University Amsterdam


  • 2008 
    Copenhagen Business School, PhD
  • 2004 
    University of Copenhagen, BA, MSc Social Anthropology


  • 2018
    Attribution and contestation: Relations between elites and other social groups, Critique of Anthropology
  • 2017
    Imagining 'non-nationality': Cosmopolitanism as a source of identity and belonging, Human Relations
  • 2014
    When West meets East: The case of a Scandinavian consulting firm's expansion into India, European Journal of International Management
  • 2013
    Management Consultants at work with clients: Maintainance and contestation of elite status, The Anthropology of Elites: Power, culture and the complexities of distinction

Professional Memberships

  • European Group of Organization Studies
  • Royal Anthropological Institute
  • International Sociological Association