Kinship, the relation between practical and symbolic structuring of local communities, cognitive anthropology, evolution of cooperation, demographic anthropology
Europe, Italian Alps, Russia
Links to previous projects
Kinship and Social Security in Europe
I originally qualified as an economist and statistician, and worked for many years at the British statistical office. During this time I gained a great deal of experience in quantitative survey methods, team-working, and managing national and international research projects – including projects requiring extensive fieldwork and innovative statistical programming.
I became interested in social anthropology in mid-career, obtaining an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics. My anthropological interests have focused on the connections between cooperation, identity and cognition. These themes have been reflected in the four major research projects on which I have worked:
- my PhD research on local identity, ritual and economic change in an area of the Italian alps
- the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology's research into the effect of changing property systems in formerly socialist countries, for which I carried out fieldwork in Russia and also provided advice on the use of quantitative methods
- the EU-sponsored project KASS (Kinship and Social Security) for which I wrote the proposal, acted as project coordinator, and edited the resulting reports and books,
- the recently started project on kinship and affinity in African and Eurasia (jointly with G. Schlee).