African Studies and Anthropology

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    Birmingham B15 2TT

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Department of African Studies and Anthropology has over 50 years’ experience and expertise in supporting students from all over the world, including Africa. 

We integrate cutting-edge and world-leading research on Africa with distinctive inter-disciplinary teaching at the  undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our staff are ready to share their expertise in anthropology, history, human geography, development, literature, media, popular culture and religion.  This is how we create a warm and informal atmosphere for genuinely innovative learning. Our doctoral students join us from all over the world to produce pioneering new research on Africa, across the disciplines.

The department has particular strengths in social and cultural anthropology, and we put anthropology into dialogue with other academic disciplines and with developmental and humanitarian concerns.


UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Early Career Fellowship

    Pickles, Anthony (Recipient), 2022

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Herskovits Award

    Barber, Karin (Recipient), 1 Jan 2000

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Paul Hair Prize

    Barber, Karin (Recipient), 1 Jan 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)