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Research Students - Material Culture  

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Material Culture

Research Topic/ Provisional Dissertation Title

Lifestyle migration: the processes of interaction with architecture of houses and redefining kinship relations in the case of the British in Spain.


Dr. Victor Buchli
Prof. Daniel Miller


My current PhD project explores the nature of lifestyle migration: people mainly in their 40s and 50s moving to another country typically in the global South to live there full-time. By using the built environment (architecture of houses) as a mean of analysis, the project explores the different ways in which lifestyle migrants come to inhabit their dwellings, making it feel like at home. Moreover, the project reveals the underlining importance of kinship relations, where by moving away from their families, a lot of lifestyle migrants paradoxically come to improve their relations with the extended kin. The thesis is based on ethnographic fieldwork with the British lifestyle migrants’ community who reside full-time in south-eastern Spain.

Research interests

  • Anthropology of conflict
  • Interpretational nature of material culture
  • Migration
  • Kinship

Academic Background/Education

Having received academic training in

  • BA Hon in Business and Sociology (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2004-2008),
  • Urban Anthropology and Social Phycology (Stanford University, USA, 2006),

Business Management and Cultural Studies (Senshu University, Japan, 2006),

I participated in multiple research projects relating to the topics of

  • historical opinion pools in the USA and Japan(Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2006),
  • educational attainment of ethnic minorities in the USA(Department of Sociology, Stanford University, 2006),
  • subjective well-being indexes(Department of Psychology, Michigan University, 2007),
  • material culture of denim(Department of Anthropology, University College London, 2007),
  • migrants’ reinterpretation of destination country’s heritage(Heritage Laboratory, National Spanish Research Council, Santiago de Compostella, Spain, 2009)


· Krit, A. (forthcoming) New interpretation of old notions: architecture, property and belonging in lifestyle migration. Mobilities.

· Krit, A. (2011) El análisis del entorno construido como un medio para entender la interpretación que los migrantes residenciales hacen de sus nuevas vidas: los británicos en España. In: Tomás Mazón, Raquel Huete y Alejandro Mantecón (eds.) Construir una nueva vida. Los espacios del turismo y la migración residencial. Santander: Milrazones, pp. 179-201.

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