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Dr Anthony Howarth

Research Fellow

Anthony is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Population Ageing, a Research Associate at University College, and a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, at the University of Oxford. His current research focuses on how the relationship between design, place, community and intergenerational living might enable healthy ageing. Before this appointment, he was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford. Anthony holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Bristol, and a BSc in Social Sciences from the University of Bath. His doctoral thesis brought together the unlikely bedfellows of phenomenology and political economy, in order to examine the place-making practices of an extended family of Irish Travellers in London. Anthony has also conducted fieldwork with the Humli-Khyampa, a group of ‘nomadic’ pastoralist/traders of Tibetan derivation in Far-West Nepal, and maintains a strong interest in Asian mobile groups.

His work has mainly centred on Travellers, Gypsies and Roma, with a particular focus on the social, material and familial dynamics of intergenerational place-making. He has supervised Cambridge undergraduate students on a broad range of anthropological topics and taught anthropology master’s students at Oxford.

Along with delivering a key note address at the University of Cambridge, and convening a plenary roundtable at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Congress, Anthony has organised and chaired several panels at international conferences, and presented his research at workshops, seminars and congresses.

Beyond academia, he has worked with a number of NGOs and with legal actors on policy-related issues affecting Travellers and Gypsies.