LabUK | Ethnographies of Britain


A Word of Welcome:

The Laboratory for the Ethnography of the UK (LabUK) is a research platform for the study of contemporary British society and culture through an anthropological lens. Along with other post-industrial societies, Britain is an implicit reference point in much anthropological thinking, imagined primarily as an exemplar of ‘the West’. But what does Britain look like as a subject of ethnographic enquiry? And what value does its study add to anthropology and broader public debates about contemporary British society and culture and their future?

LabUK provides a home for versatile ethnographic research, exploring cultural, political, ethnic, medical, visual and material aspects of living in Britain. A hub of diverse intellectual and research activities and events, LabUK promotes empirically driven thinking, comparison, ethnographic reflexivity, and readiness to experiment with unconventional themes and creative interdisciplinary methodologies.

Combining the knowledge and skills of academic staff and research students at UCL and beyond our research clusters around five core themes:

A C D D B Studio of Material Life
Everyday Citizens Imagination, Body and Performance Fashioning Material Britain Organic and Built Landscape Health care, living and dying Studio of Material Life
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Open City Docs Scholarships 2018

Part-Scholarships Available for Open City Docs MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film for 2018/19 Academic Year

Open City Docs School is delighted to announce a number of scholarships (in the form of partial fee waivers) for places on any of the four pathways on the UCL MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film. More...

Published: Jun 26, 2018 10:11:58 AM

One World Media Award 2018

Open City Docs / UCL graduate announced as winner of One World Media Award for Best Student Film for third year in a row

[London, 19th June 2018] Open City Docs School is delighted to announce 2017 MA Ethnographic & Documentary Film graduate Paul Zhou as the winner of this year’s Student Award at the 2018 One World Media Awards for his graduation film China In Ethiopia. More...

Published: Jun 20, 2018 10:03:20 AM


ExCiteS Wins Provost's Public Engagement Award 2018

The Extreme Citizen Science Research Group (ExCiteS) directed by Muki Haklay (Geography) and Jerome Lewis (Anthropology) collectively won the Provosts’ Award for Public Engagement the ‘Institutional Leadership award 2018' at last night’s ceremony celebrating 10 years of the Public Engagement Unit at UCL. More...

Published: Jun 7, 2018 12:01:05 PM

Caroline Humphrey

Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture 2018

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Mary Douglas Memorial Lecture will be presented by Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, on Wednesday 23 May at 6pm in the Archaeology Lecture Theatre, UCL Anthropology, 14 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW.  More...

Published: Apr 23, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Job Vacancies

UCL Anthropology seeks invites applications for an Associate Professor in Ethnographic Film Practice and Visual Anthropology and a Lecturer in Digital Anthropology. Please follow the links for further details and an online application form. More...

Published: Feb 14, 2018 3:42:29 PM