UCL Anthropology


Suggested Readings

Following is a list of relatively general works that cover some of the issues relevant to the programme. There is no textbook, and no single work adequately covers the range of issues addressed.

Selected publications by staff

Recommended readings

  • Adams, V (2016) Metrics: What counts in global health. Duke University Press, Durham, NC
  • Agarwal, B (1995) A field of one’s own: gender and land rights in South Asia. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • Angelsen, A et al. (eds.) 2011. Measuring Livelihoods and Environmental Dependence. Methods for Research and Fieldwork. Earthscan, Oxford
  • Blaikie, P (2006) Is small really beautiful? Community-based natural resource management in Malawi and Botswana. World Development 34 (11):1942-1957
  • Cepek, M (2011) Foucault in the Forest: Questioning environmentality in Amazonia. American Ethnologist 38(3):501-512
  • De Schutter, O (2011) How not to think of land-grabbing: three critiques of large-scale investments in farmland. Journal of Peasant Studies 38(2): 249-279
  • DFID Poverty Analysis Discussion Group April (2012). Understanding poverty and well-being. A note with implications for research and policy
  • Ellis, F (2000) Rural livelihoods and diversification in developing countries. Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Escobar, A (1995) Encountering Development: The making and unmaking of the third world. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ
  • Ferguson, J (1994) The Anti-politics Machine: Development, depoliticization, and bureaucratic power in Lesotho. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN
  • Gardner, K and Lewis, D (2015) Anthropology and Development: Challenges for the twenty-first century. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL
  • Jerven, M (2013) Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY
  • Leach, M and Mearns, R (eds.) (1996) The lie of the land: challenging received wisdom in African Environmental Change and Policy. James Currey, Oxford
  • Li, TM (2007) The will to improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics. Duke University Press, Durham, NC
  • Longo, SB et al. (2015) The Tragedy of the Commodity: Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Peet, R and Watts, M (2004). Liberation Ecologies: Environment, Development, Social Movements (2nd edition). Routledge, London
  • Peters, P (2009) Challenges in Land Tenure and Land Reform in Africa: Anthropological Contributions. World Development 37 (8), 1317-1325
  • Robbins P (2011) Political Ecology: a critical introduction. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford
  • Sayers, J (ed) (2005) The Earthscan Reader in Forestry and Development. Earthscan, London
  • West, P (2006) Conservation is Our Government Now: The politics of ecology in Papua New Guinea. Duke University Press, Durham, NC

Readings on methods

  • Bernard, R. (2011) Research Methods in Anthropology : Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 5th ed. Lanham, Md.: AltaMira
  • Newing, H et al. (2011) Conducting Research in Conservation: social science methods and practice. Routledge, London