Emma Crewe is an anthropologist working on politics, governance and identity in civil society organisations and parliament in the UK, South Asia and East Africa based at SOAS, University of London. Her research into international development NGOs began in 1987 and into parliament goes back to the House of Lords in 1998-2002 and the House of Commons 2011-2013.

She is currently co-ordinating a research coalition engaged in research on parliament's role in poverty reduction in Bangladesh and Ethiopia with the Hansard Society. She has joined the faculty teaching on an innovative course (Doctorate in Management by Research) as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire and has been Chair of the INGO Health Poverty Action since 2015. She is also researching gender equality within an international NGO with the Danish Institute for International Studies.

In April 2015 her book House of Commons: an Anthropology of MPs at Work was published by Bloomsbury and a pamphlet Commons and Lords: a Short Anthropology of Parliament came out as a Haus Curiosity, one of a series commissioned by Peter Hennessy. The House of Commons was shortlisted for the Thinking Aloud / British Sociological Association ethnography prize and she talked about it on Radio 4's Thinking Aloud in November 2016.

Deepening democracy

I'm starting a new project on 1 October with Richard Axelby (SOAS), and Meheret Ayenew (Forum for Social Studies, Addis Ababa), Ruth Fox (Hansard Society, London), Niraja Gopal Jayal (JNU, New Delhi), Cristina Leston-Bandeira (University of Leeds), Mandy Sadan (SOAS), and Myat Thet Thitsar (Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation) funded by a £2m grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The title is: Deepening democracy in extremely politically fragile countries: networking for historical, cultural and arts research on Parliaments and people.


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