Research Fellow, Governance & Society, University of Birmingham

Rosita Armytage is a political anthropologist researching power and influence, inequality and social mobility, corruption, and contemporary capitalism. Her research interests include power and privilege; social class, mobility and inequality; government, bureaucracy and administration; and transnational elite networks. She is particularly focused on Pakistan and South Asia, but also works on case studies in Africa. Rosita received her PhD from the Australian National University in 2016.

Rosita conducted 14 months of fieldwork in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from October 2013 to January 2015, and travels back and forth between Sheffield, Pakistan, South Africa, and Uganda.

In addition to her work in academia, she has twelve years of experience in international development, qualitative research, and the design and evaluation of governance reform and gender programs across Asia.


  • 2017–present
    Research Fellow, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham


  • 2016 
    Australian National University, PhD (Anthropology)
  • 2005 
    University of New South Wales, Masters, Public Policy
  • 2004 
    University of Sydney, B.A. (Arab & Islamic Studies/Governance)


  • 2016
    Alliance of State and Ruling Classes in Contemporary Pakistan, Economic and Political Weekly
  • 2015
    The Social Lives of the Elite: Friendship and Power in Pakistan, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
  • 2008
    Safety, Security and Accessible Justice: Participatory Approaches to Law and Justice Reform in Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands Policy