Anthropology in Action is the journal of the combined Apply and Anthropology in Action networks. It is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports, and reviews. Contributions reflect the use of anthropological training in policy- or practice-oriented work and foster the broader application of these approaches to practical problems. The journal provides a forum for debate and analysis for anthropologists working both inside and outside academia and aims to promote communication amongst practitioners, academics and students of anthropology in order to advance the cross-fertilisation of expertise and ideas.
We are always happy to receive contributions,whether conventional research-based articles or contributions such as letters, debate and comment articles, reviews, personal accounts of working experience and events reports. To find out how to subscribe and contribute, click here.
At the beginning of the twenty-first century we are working in a context where anthropologists, anthropological approaches and ethnographic methods are increasingly important in informing decision-making in the public sector, industry and NGOs. The ASA Network of Applied Anthropologists (‘Apply’) aims both to serve and draw closer together practitioners of applied anthropology working in and outside academia, students seeking a career as an applied anthropologists, teachers and trainers in applied anthropology, and employers and clients of applied anthropologists. This website is an organic and growing project, it does not simply provide information but relies on its users to send texts and links to participate in the development of this project.
Download a poster advertising the network by clicking here (pdf format).
Remember that the ASA encourages you to be a member, and the ASA works on your behalf to represent anthropology as a profession at the highest levels. You can find out about types of membership and support the ASA through the membership pages.
The network is convened by Julie Scott (scojulie(at)gmail.com).
Apply holds meetings in London to bring together those with an interest in applied and engaged anthropology. Please email the network convenor if you would like to arrange an event either in London or elsewhere around the UK; and if possible please let the convenor know in advance to give us a rough idea of numbers.
Apply held a meeting in late 2015 where freelance business anthropologist Stephanie Krawinkler led a discussion on the subject: 'Organisational Anthropology - Understanding Trust'.
Apply held a meeting in October 2015, where Lucia Laurent-Neva presented her work on 'Anthropology in Commercial Practice'. Lucia Laurent-Neva is a graduate of UCL's MA in Material and Visual Culture, and director of her own company Visual Signo. Lucia talked about her work for commercial clients, and how she applies the methodologies and insights of anthropology and semiotics to the world of branding and design.
Apply hosted a panel at the ASA decennial conference in Edinburgh, June 2014.
In June 2012 we hosted a stall and a panel at the RAI’s conference. We were delighted with all the interest in Apply, and thank the RAI for their support. You can see a report about the event by Apply member Siew-Peng Lee in the August 2012 issue of Anthropology Today.
This website contains information about applied anthropology including some information about what applied anthropologists do. If you are interested in finding out more detail, you may like to look at Veronica Strang's book: 'What Anthropologists Do'. The excerpt from the back cover states: 'What Anthropologists Do presents a lively introduction to the ways in which anthropology's unique research methods and cutting-edge thinking contribute to a very wide range of fields: environmental issues, aid and development, advocacy, human rights, social policy, the creative arts, museums, health, education, crime, communications technology, design, marketing and business. In short, a training in Anthropology provides highly transferable skills of investigation and analysis. The book will be ideal for any readers who want to know what Anthropology is all about and especially for students coming to the study of Anthropology for the first time.'
About this site
The Applications of Anthropology website was developed as a result of Applications of Anthropology and ESRC Seminar Series funded by the ESRC, the ASA and C-SAP and convened by Sarah Pink in 2003. It provides an online space for the promotion, discussion and development of applied anthropology in the UK. Please send any comments or content you would like to add to the site to the network convenor.