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Dr Neil Carrier

Dr Neil Carrier

Dr Neil Carrier
MA (St.And.), MLITT (St.And.), PhD (St.And.)

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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I have been conducting research in East Africa and amongst its diaspora for the last two decades, initially for my doctorate at the University of St Andrews (awarded 2004) for which I studied the farming, trade and consumption of the controversial stimulant drug known as khat. I subsequently worked for several years at the University of Oxford, as a researcher on various topics (including the drugs trade in Africa, photography in Kenya, cultural heritage, as well as Somali trade and its effects on urban transformation in East Africa), and as the Evans-Pritchard lecturer in African Studies and Social Anthropology, before joining Anthropology and Archaeology at Bristol in September 2017. As well as teaching various topics within the discipline, I am also involved in two research projects, one focused on cannabis, livelihoods and policy in Africa, and the other working with colleagues at the Bristol Archives and at a number of Kenyan institutions to explore how photographs in the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection can be made meaningful in contemporary Kenya (for more information on this, see:







My Core Undergraduate Teaching

Big Ideas in Anthropology (1st year core unit)

Africa (2nd Year option)

Stimulating Anthropology: Drugs and Society (3rd year option)

I also contribute to the following units:

Kinship (1st year core unit)

Human Challenges (3rd year core unit)


  • Economic Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Drugs
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Migration
  • Cultural Heritage



Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

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