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PhD opportunities in Anthropology at Brunel University London

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Profile Description

Qualification type: MPhil / PhD
Location: Uxbridge, London
Mode of study: Full-time and Part-time

Welcoming environment for research students

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community.

PhD students come to Brunel from diverse cultural backgrounds and belong to a genuinely international anthropology department. (The Times Higher Educational Supplement recently described Brunel as “the most international university”.) Our supervisors have expertise in a wide range of topics and countries and our students have carried out research in five continents.

Research strengths

Brunel Anthropology is home to a community of internationally recognised and world-leading scholars who have pioneered new research fields whilst making significant contributions to mainstream theory. Ranked 2nd in the UK in the Guardian League Tables, our groundbreaking research agendas include medical anthropology, psychological and psychiatric anthropology, the anthropology of childhood, youth and education, and international development. A prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant on ‘Reconfiguring conservation in/for the Anthropocene: the global lives of the orangutan', recently awarded to Dr Liana Chua, has extended our cutting-edge research agenda into the politics of global conservation. With ethnographic expertise covering south Asia, Melanesia, south-east Asia, central and South America, and southern Africa, Brunel anthropologists have also carried out influential ethnographic research in Mexico, Britain and Europe.


Our research interests address four key areas: international development; global conservation and governance and conservation; history and concepts of anthropological knowledge; and politics, power and violence.

Research areas

We welcome anthropological research in the following areas:

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Education and Schooling
  • Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
  • International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Global Conservation
  • Human/Animal Relations and Multi-Species Ethnography
  • Anthropology of Food
  • Anthropology of Emotion
  • Collective Memory
  • Suicide
  • Biography and Life History
  • Performance and Embodiment
  • Landscape, Time and Temporality
  • Religion and Ritual
  • Anthropocenic Discourses and Ontologies
  • Political Violence, the State, Nationalism
  • Visual Anthropology, Materiality, Museology

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Working with your supervisory team
Research environment for PhD students
Life as a research student at Brunel University London

How to apply

 Further information about the PhD and the application process can be found here:


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Funding Notes

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Find out more here: View Website

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How good is research at Brunel University London in Anthropology and Development Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 9.00

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