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I am a political and economic anthropologist working on capitalism, economic innovation, risk, colonisation, development and globalisation through its local collisions. I focus on economic life as experienced by people on the ground, most notably on gambling activity as a crucible for examining wider experiences of socio-economic and political rupture.
I am currently conducting research into political gambling and prediction markets, as a global phenomena at the cutting edge of shaping contemporary political understanding.
My ethnographic fieldwork in urban and rural Papua New Guinea began in 2009 during my PhD (University of St Andrews, 2013). I joined the University of East Anglia as a Lecturer in Social Anthropology and International Development in 2020. In ther interim, I held research fellowships, one from Trinity College, Cambridge and then one from The British Academy (held in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge).
Areas of Expertise
Locations: Oceania (the Western Pacific), Papua New Guinea, the UK, online ethnography.
Topics: cash/money, cash transfers, corruption, socio-cultural escalations, ethnomathematics, experimental ethnographic methods, gambling, gifts, history of anthropology, informal economy, intra- and extra- family transfers, markets, pocket-use, sports, social change, technological adoption, the theory of economic transfers, new technologies, forecasting, prediction.
I have been Course Director for the BA in International Development with Social Anthropology. I teach on core social anthropology modules covering each year of the undergraduate degree:
DEV4001A - Introduction to Development Studies (discontinued)
DEV5009B - Ethnography and Beyond
DEV6008Y - Engaging Anthropology in Development (Module Organiser)
I am Course Director for the MA in International Social Development, and teach on one of it's core modules:
DEV7021A - Social Analysis for International Development (Module Organiser)
I supervise UG and PGT dissertations and PhD students.
I am on the Conference Liason Officer for the Association of Social Anthropologists.
I have sat on the board of the European Society for Oceanists since 2015.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Social Science, University of St Andrews
2008 → 2013
Award Date: 21 Jun 2013
Conference Officer, Association of Social Anthropology
1 Sep 2021 → …
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Pickles, A. & Santos da Costa, P., Nov 2021, In: Oceania. 91, 3, p. 349-366 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)9 Downloads (Pure)
Pickles, A. J., Jan 2021, In: History and Anthropology. 32, 1, p. 32-46 15 p.
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Pickles, A. J., 3 Mar 2020, In: Journal of Cultural Economy. 13, 2, p. 185-206 22 p.
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Pickles, A. J., 1 Feb 2020, In: Current Anthropology. 61, 1, p. 11-29 19 p.
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