Penelope Harvey#

Membership Number:6285
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions
  • 2000 - present Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK
  • 1991 - 2000 Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
  • 1985 - 1990 Lecturer in Latin American Studies (and Modern Languages), University of Liverpool
  • 2012 - 2019 Professor II, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2015 Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham, UK.
  • 2006 - 2014 Director of ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), University of Manchester
  • 2004 - 2006 Professor II, Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway

Fields of Scholarship
  • Field studies of large-scale infrastructures, notably roads (Peru) and big data (UK)
  • Gender, political formations and change
  • Material and social relations of modern statecraft
  • Governance and expertise: critical approaches to knowledge relations
  • Ethnographic field work in Spain, Peru and the UK
  • Social (socio-cultural) anthropology
  • Innovation and technology (approaches from STS and the anthropology of the modern state)
  • Nuclear decommissioning, and the social foundations of public trust

Honours and Awards
  • 2022 Elected Fellow of the British Academy
  • 2019 Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK)
  • 2019 Elected Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • Prestigious Named Lectures
    • 2022 Marrett memorial lecture, Exeter College, University of Oxford
    • 2021 Edward Westermarck memorial lecture, University of Helsinki
    • 2019 Strathern Lecture in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
    • 2018 The Munro Lecture, University of Edinburgh
  • 2020 ‘Intersections of Climate Change and Nuclear Power: An Interview with Penelope Harvey by Virginia R. Dominguez, American Anthropologist, 122:4, 953-958

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