Anthropology in Action

Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

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Editor: Christine McCourt, City University London

Published in association with the Association of Social Anthropologists’ (ASA) Apply Network

Anthropology in Action (AIA) is a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles, commentaries, research reports, and book reviews in applied anthropology. Contributions reflect the use of anthropological training in policy- or practice-oriented work and foster the broader application of these approaches to practical problems. The journal provides a forum for debate and analysis for anthropologists working both inside and outside academia and aims to promote communication amongst practitioners, academics and students of anthropology in order to advance the cross-fertilisation of expertise and ideas.

Recent themes and articles have included the anthropology of welfare, transferring anthropological skills to applied health research, design considerations in old-age living, museum-based anthropology education, cultural identities and British citizenship, feminism and anthropology, and international student and youth mobility.

Subjects: Applied Anthropology

Current Issue

Volume 22 Issue 2, Summer 2015


Special Issue on Anthropology and the Impact Agenda

Introduction to Special Issue: Ref 2014 and Impact: Reading the Runes for Anthropology in Action
Bob Simpson


Reconceptualising ‘Impact’ through Anthropology’s Ethnographic Practices
Abigail Baim-Lance and Cecilia Vindrola-Padros

Documenting Impact: An Impact Case Study of Anthropological Collaboration in Tobacco Control
Andrew Russell and Sue Lewis
Workshop Scribbles, Policy Work and Impact: Anthropological Sensibilities in Praxis at an FASD Workshop
Michelle Stewart

Beyond the Academy: Applying Anthropological Research, A Case Study of Demonstrating Impact in the U.K. 2014 REF
Neil Jarman and Dominic Bryan


The Value of Open Access in Anthropology and Beyond
Grégory Dallemagne, Víctor del Arco, Ainhoa Montoya and Marta Pérez


Expulsion of the Anthropological Demons from the Ivory Tower: Report on the Second International Applied Anthropology Symposium in Padua, Italy
Meta Gorup and Dan Podjed


In Defence of Social Science: U.K. 2015: A Review of the 2015 CfSS Report: 'The Business of People: The Significance of Social Science over the Next Decade'
Natali Valdez