Published in 2023

Westminster Reimagined, The News Statesman’s podcast with Armando Iaunucci, Ailbhe Rea and Anum Qaisar, the SNP’s newest Westminster MP, on podcast and on Youtube (2022)

The Know Show podcast Hussain Ayed on the Power Dynamics in the Westminster Parliament (2021)

The Political Animal – a breed apart?’ on Rafael Behr’s podcast Politics on the couch (2020)

Talking about Extraordinary Scandal with Andrew Walker on BBC’s Booktalk and an Iain Dale podcast (2019)

On the Christmas Special edition of Booktalk with Mark D’Arcy

Talking about the House of Commons: An Anthropology of MPs’ work (2016) on BBC Radio 4 Thinking Aloud with Laurie Taylor and on Book Talk with Mark D’Arcy (2015).

Interviewed by Caroline Quinn on the BBC’s Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, 7th April 2013.

Wrote and presented a 2 part radio series with producer Penny Boreham on ‘An Anthropology in the House of Lords’, for Radio 4’s Westminster Hour (2007).

Appearances in 2005 on the Politics Show (BBC1), The Robert Elms Show (BBC London) and Today in Parliament (Radio 4) to talk about the House of Lords.

Authored Books

Crewe, Emma (2021) An Anthropology of Parliaments. Entanglements in democratic politics. London: Routledge (open access).

An overview of what anthropologists have written about parliaments

Crewe, Emma and Walker, Andrew (2019) An Extraordinary Scandal. The Westminster expenses crisis and why it still matters. London: Haus.

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

Crewe, Emma (2015) House of Commons: an anthropology of MPs at work. London and New York: Bloomsbury.

Crewe, Emma and Axelby, Richard (2013) 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.

Edited Books

Kiran Chauhan and Emma Crewe (eds.) (2023) Leadership and Complexity. London: Routledge.

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

Bernardes, Cristiane, Cornwall, Andrea, Crewe, Emma and Hoyler, Telma (in press). Collaborative reflexive inquiry into parliaments, in Chibois, Jonathan, (eds.) and Shapiro, Samuel, Fieldwork in centres of power, a longitudinal perspective, London: Routledge.

Crewe, Emma (in press). Rhythms of navigating time and space in the UK House of Commons, in Psarra, Sophia, (eds.), Sternberg, Claudia Schrag, (eds.) and Staiger, Uta, (eds.), Parliament Buildings: The architecture of politics in Europe, London: University College London Press.

Crewe, Emma (in press). (eds.) Reimagining Rhythms, Ritual and Symbols. Judge, David and Leston-Bandiera, Cristina. Reimagining Parliament, Bristol: Bristol University Press.

Crewe, Emma and Sarra, Nicholas (2021) ‘Constituency Performances: the “heart” of democratic politics’. In: Rai, S and Gluhovic, M and Jestrovic, S and Saward, M, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Crewe, Emma (2020) ‘Anthropology of Parliaments’. In: Benoit, Cyril and Rozenburg, Olivier, (eds.), Handbook of Parliamentary Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Legislatures. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Crewe, Emma and Axelby, Richard (2018) ‘International Development, Anthropology in.’ In: Callan, Hilary, (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anthropology. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.

Crewe, Emma (2018) ‘Anthropologie des parlements’. In: Rozenberg, O. and Thiers, E., (eds.), Traité d’études parlementaires. Bruxelles: Bruylant, pp 607-636.

Crewe, Emma and Paul Evans (2018) ‘The Significance of Rituals Parliament’, in (eds.) Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Louise Thompson, Exploring Parliament, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Crewe, Emma (2017) ‘Contemporary Clerkly Culture: Magi or Mandarins?’ In (ed.) Paul Evans, Essays on the History of Parliamentary Procedure, Bloomsbury Academic: London & New York.

Crewe, Emma (2014) Westminster MPs: performing politics, in Shirin M. Rai and Rachel E. Johnson, Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliaments. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

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. (Explorations in anthropology)

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. Kumarian Press.


Crewe, Emma (in press) Parliamentary Standards Under Attack: an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the Westminster Parliament, Special Issue, Journal of Legislative Studies.

Martin, Shane, Michelle M Taylor-Robinson, Emma Crewe (2022), The Past of Parliamentary and Legislative Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, gsac008,

Taylor-Robinson, Michelle M, Emma Crewe, Shane Martin (2022), The Present of Parliamentary and Legislative Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, gsac010,

Crewe, Emma, Michelle M Taylor-Robinson, Shane Martin (2022), The Future of Parliamentary and Legislative Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, gsac009,

Axelby, Richard and Worku-Dix, Beth and Crewe, Emma (2022) ‘Global partnerships on paper and in practice: Critical observations from inside a Global Challenge Research Fund capacity-development project’, Journal of International Development, 34(8), 1496-1508.

Crewe, Emma (2021) ‘Reluctant Anthropologists: Revealing but Rare Insights into Legislatures.’ PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Emergent Conversation 14, November 18 2021,

Crewe, Emma (2021) ‘Rhythms, riffs, and rituals in political parties: An anthropological view of complex coalitions’. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, vol 2, no 2, pp 187-198.

Crewe, Emma and Mowles, Chris (2020) ‘Audit as political struggle’. the doxa of managerialism clashing with the uncertainty of real life. Development in Practice. DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2020.1841738

Crewe, Emma and Sarra, Nicholas (2019) ‘Chairing UK Select Committees: Walking Between Friends and Foes.’ Parliamentary Affairs, (72) 4, pp 841-859.

Crewe, Emma (2018) ‘Ethnographies of Parliaments. Culture and uncertainty in shallow democracies’, Journal of Organisational Ethnography, Vol 7, No 1, pp.1-16.

Crewe, Emma (2018) ‘Flagships and Tumbleweed: a history of the politics of gender justice work in Oxfam 1986-2015’, Progress in Development Studies, vol 8, issue 2, pp.110-125.

Crewe, Emma (2017) ‘Reading the Runes, the politics of “evidence” in law-making in the UK’, Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory, vol 20, no 1, pp.32-48.

Crewe, Emma (2017) ‘Ethnography of Parliament: finding culture and politics entangled in the Commons and the Lords’, Journal of Parliamentary Affairs, vol 70, no 1, pp.155-172.

Crewe, Emma (2014) ‘Ethnographic Research in Gendered Organisations’, Politics and Gender, vol 10, pp.1-7.

Crewe, Emma (2014) ‘Doing Development Differently: rituals of hope and despair in an international NGO’, Development in Practice, 24 (1), pp. 105-117.

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.

Submissions to Select Committees

Crewe, E. (2017) Citizenship, civic engagement  and shallow democracy. Submission to the House of Lords Citizenship and Civic Engagement Committee, 8th September 2017, CCE0207,….

Crewe. E. (2017) Written evidence to the Administration Committee of the House of Commons, (quoted in their report Election Planning and Service, 2016-17, HC588 on pp. 12, 31).

Crewe. E. (2017) Oral evidence to the Administration Committee of the House of Commons,…

Crewe, E. (2015) Written evidence on the governance of the House of Commons, House of Commons Governance Committee, GOV0030.

Crewe, E. (2015) Oral evidence on the Governance of the House of Commons,  House of Commons Governance Committee HC 692,…

Crewe, E. (2015) Supplementary written evidence on the governance of the House of Commons, House of Commons Governance Committee, GOV0089.

Ahmed, N., Z. Ahmed, M. Ayenew, E. Crewe, R. Fox and M. Korris (2014) Parliamentary strengthening SOAS/Hansard Society. Submission to the International Select Committee on ‘Parliamentary Strengthening’. PAS0012, 14th October 2014.…

Crewe, E. (2013) Induction of Westminster MPs, Submission to the House of Commons Administration Committee Inquiry on ‘First Few Weeks in Westminster’, April, HC 193, 9th September 2013.  Evidence 52 at…

Crewe, E. (2013) The Effectiveness of Select Committees. Submission to the Liaison Committee Inquiry on Select Committees effectiveness, resources and powers. SCE0022, 11th December 2013.… Also invited to give oral evidence to a private session of the Liaison Committee.