Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Durham University

Rosita Armytage is a political anthropologist researching power and influence, inequality and social mobility, corruption, and contemporary capitalism. Rosita received her PhD from the Australian National University in 2016.

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


  • 2018–present
    Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Durham University
  • 2017–2018
    Research Fellow, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham
  • 2008–2015
    Governance Advisor, The Asia Foundation
  • 2006–2008
    Program Coordinator, East-West Center


  • 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)


  • 2018
    Elite Ethnography: The Methodological Implications of Power, Gender, and Instability in Pakistan, Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology
  • 2018
    Uganda’s health sector as a ‘hidden’ positive outlier in bribery reduction, DLP Research Paper
  • 2018
    Searching for success: A mixed methods approach to identifying and examining positive outliers in development outcomes, DLP Research Paper
  • 2018
    The Surprising Case of Police Bribery Reduction in South Africa, DLP Research Paper
  • 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