SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Emma Crewe

MA and PhD in Social Anthropology (Edinburgh University)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publications

Overview

Emma Crewe
Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Professor of Social Anthropology

SOAS South Asia Institute

Professor of Social Anthropology

Name:
Professor Emma Crewe
Email address:
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Website:
http://www.emmacrewe.com/

Biography

I have been teaching and working on international aid, development and politics since the late 1980s. I began as a social scientist in the energy department of an international non-governmental organisation while undertaking doctoral research on the politics of aid (published in ‘Whose Development? 1998, co-authored with E A Harrison).

As a lecturer at the University of Sussex (1993-96) I taught on anthropology and development studies courses. Subsequently I was an adviser to grant-makers and freelance consultant working with donor governments and NGOs. More recently, I was Executive Director of ChildHope, a UK-based INGO working on social justice with national NGOs and networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America (2005-2011). Since 2014 I have been teaching on a highly innovative course at the University of Hertfordshire Business School, supervising postgraduates to research their own organisations and drawing on sociology/anthropology, complexity sciences, and American pragmatism.

My ethnographies of the House of Lords (ESRC funded, 1998-2002) and the British House of Commons (on a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2011-2013) were the first on the UK Parliament.

As a researcher at SOAS, I co-ordinated a research coalition investigating Parliament and public engagement in Bangladesh and Ethiopia with Hansard Society and national researchers (ESRC-DFID funded, 2014-2017).

In 2017 I established the Global Research Network for Parliaments and People at SOAS with a grant-making programme to support national scholars to study the relationship between Parliaments and People in Myanmar and Ethiopia (supported by Arts and Humanities Research Council/Global Challenges Research Fund).

Teaching

PhD Students supervised
  • Franziska Fay, Contesting the Ordinary: Children's Perspectives on 'Child Protection' in Educational Settings in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Research

I have been teaching and working on international aid, development and politics since the late 1980s. I began as a social scientist in the energy department of an international non-governmental organisation while undertaking doctoral research on the politics of aid (published in ‘Whose Development? 1998, co-authored with E A Harrison).
As a lecturer at the University of Sussex (1993-96) I taught on anthropology and development studies courses. Subsequently I was an adviser to grant-makers and freelance consultant working with donor governments and NGOs. More recently, I was Executive Director of ChildHope, a UK-based INGO working on social justice with national NGOs and networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America (2005-2011). Since 2014 I have been teaching on a highly innovative course at the University of Hertfordshire Business School, supervising postgraduates to research their own organisations and drawing on sociology/anthropology, complexity sciences, and American pragmatism. My ethnographies of the House of Lords (ESRC funded, 1998-2002) and the British House of Commons (on a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 2011-2013) were the first on the UK Parliament.
As a researcher at SOAS, I co-ordinated a research coalition investigating Parliament and public engagement in Bangladesh and Ethiopia with Hansard Society and national researchers (ESRC-DFID funded, 2014-2017).
In 2017 I established the Global Research Network for Parliaments and People at SOAS with a grant-making programme to support national scholars to study the relationship between Parliaments and People in Myanmar and Ethiopia (supported by Arts and Humanities Research Council/Global Challenges Research Fund).

Publications

Authored Books

Crewe, Emma (2015) Commons and Lords: a short anthropology of Parliament. London: Haus Publishing.

Crewe, Emma (2015) The House of Commons: an anthropology of MPs' work. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Crewe, Emma and Axelby, Richard (2012) Anthropology and Development: Culture, Morality and Politics in a Globalised World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Crewe, Emma (2005) Lords of Parliament: manners, rituals and politics. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Crewe, Emma and Harrison, E. A. (1998) Whose Development? An Ethnography of Aid. London; New York: Zed Press.

Articles

Crewe, Emma (2018) 'Flagships and tumbleweed: A history of the politics of gender justice work in Oxfam GB 1986–2015'. Progress in Development Studies, (8) 2, pp 110-125.

Crewe, Emma (2018) 'Ethnographies of Parliament: culture and uncertainty in shallow democracies'. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, (7) 1, pp 16-30.

Crewe, Emma (2017) 'Reading the Runes: Conflict, Culture and "Evidence" in Law-making in the UK'. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory, (20) 1, pp 32-48.

Crewe, Emma (2017) 'Ethnography of Parliament: Finding Culture and Politics Entangled in the Commons and the Lords'. Parliamentary Affairs, (70) 1, pp 155-172.

Crewe, Emma (2014) 'Ethnographic research in gendered organizations: the case of the Westminster parliament'. Politics and Gender, (10) 4, pp 673-678.

Crewe, Emma (2014) 'Doing Development Differently: rituals of hope and despair in an INGO'. Development in Practice, (24) 1, pp 91-104.

Crewe, Emma (2010) 'Protecting children in different contexts: exploring the value of rights and research'. Journal of Children’s Services, (5) 1, pp 43-55.

Crewe, Emma (2010) 'An Anthropology of the House of Lords: socialisation, relationships and rituals'. Journal of Legislative Studies, (16) 3, pp 313-324.

Crewe, Emma (2007) 'La Loyauté dans une paire de collants. Règles, rites et symboles à la Chambre des lords'. Ethnologie Française, (37) 2, pp 243-254.

Crewe, Emma (2007) 'Towards better outcomes for children: Alternative Perspectives on International Development'. Journal of Children’s Services, (2) 4, pp 59-70.

Crewe, Emma and Sarkar, Ashoke K. (2006) 'Strategic Communication and Institutional Links in Technology Research and Development'. Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development, (5) 1, pp 21-40.

Crewe, Emma and Fernando, P. (2006) 'The Elephant in the Room: racism in representations, relationships and rituals'. Progress in Development Studies, (6) 1, pp 40-54.

Crewe, Emma and Kothari, Uma (1998) 'If people stay in one place there is no progress: Gujarati migrants’ search for modernity'. Gender and Development, (6) 1, pp 13-20.

Crewe, Emma (1995) 'Small Men Making Machines for Progress'. Journal of Social Studies 68, pp 45-65.

Edited Books or Journals

Crewe, Emma and Müller, Marion G., (eds.), (2006) Rituals in Parliaments: political, anthropological and historical perspectives on Europe and the United States. Frankfurt am Main; New York: Peter Lang.

Book Chapters

Crewe, Emma and Axelby, Richard (2018) 'International Development, Anthropology in'. In: Callan, Hilary, (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons. [Forthcoming]

Crewe, Emma (2014) 'The Westminster Parliament: performing politics'. In: Rai, Shirin, (ed.), Democracy in Practice: ceremony and ritual in Parliament. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 40-59.

Crewe, Emma (2011) 'An anthropology of the House of Lords: socialisation, relationships and rituals'. In: Rai, Shirin, (ed.), Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament. London and New York: Routledge, pp 30-41.

Crewe, Emma (2006) 'Rituals and the Usual Channels in the British House of Lords'. In: Crewe, Emma and Müller, M., (eds.), Rituals in Parliaments. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Crewe, Emma (2005) 'Enhancing Influence through Effective Communication'. In: Raman, M. and Sharma, S. and Mishra, B., (eds.), Communicating at Work: Shifting Paradigms and Emerging Trends. New Delhi: Jain Brothers.

Crewe, Emma (2004) 'Context, Evidence and Links: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Research-Policy Process'. In: Court, Julius and Hovland, Ingie and Young, John, (eds.), Bridging Research and Policy in Development: Context, Evidence and Links. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.

Crewe, Emma and Harrison, E. A. (2004) 'Is Culture a Barrier to Change?'. In: Edelman, M. and Haugerud, A., (eds.), The Anthropology of Development and Globalization. Oxford: Blackwell.

Crewe, Emma (1997) 'The Silent Traditions of Developing Cooks'. In: Grillo, R. D. and Stirrat, R. S., (eds.), Discourses of Development: Anthropological Perspectives. London: Berg.

Crewe, Emma (1995) 'Indoor Air Pollution, Household Health and Appropriate Technology: Women and the Indoor Environment'. In: Bradford, B. and Gwynne, M., (eds.), Down to Earth: Community Perspectives on Health, Development and the Environment. Washington: Kumarian Press.

Crewe, Emma (1991) 'Indoor Air Pollution, Household Health and Appropriate Technology: Women and the Indoor Environment in Sri Lanka'. In: Clark, John, (ed.), Democratizing Development: the role of voluntary organizations. London: Kumarian Press.

 

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