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MA Social Anthropology - Humanitarian and Environmental Crises


University of Kent School of Anthropology and Conservation

Full time & Part time September MA Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

Our world is experiencing humanitarian and environmental challenges of disturbing dimensions. This programme addresses these challenges from a human and ethical angle, exploring the social, political, economic and technological aspects of the crises that mark our contemporary world. 

Course Details

This unique programme of study focuses on contemporary planetary emergencies and conflicts that have a humanitarian or environmental impact. We explore how to study such crises from an anthropological point of view using a variety of ethnographic research methods, such as interviewing, participant observation, and localised surveys. 

You assess key challenges emerging from humanitarian initiatives that respond to:

• the global climate emergency

• environmental movements in national

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (2.1 or above) in anthropology or associated fields. In certain circumstances, we will consider students who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies and the programme convenor.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.


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Carin Tunaker

Carin completed a BA in Social Anthropology at Kent and continued on to the MA programme, where she researched matrifocality, music and religion in Cuba, including a period of fieldwork in Havana. Carin currently works as a manager for the Canterbury Young Persons Accommodation Services, Porchlight.

Being deeply concerned by the need to have culturally and socially sensitive policies on youth homelessness, she proposed to conduct research on the latter and Porchlight awarded her with research funds to read a doctorate on youth homelessness in Kent, with a special focus on the experiences of LGBTQ people. Carin’s research has been visible in media, both locally and nationally, and has been recognised by leading charities as an important contribution to practice and research regarding homeless youth.

‘The skills I gained during my BA and MA in Social Anthropology were crucial, as they opened up a new way of looking at structural inequality locally and allowed me to discern this otherwise hidden problem through participant observation and ‘being there’. I find it very important to have the opportunity to apply my knowledge first-hand and address issues of social injustice in the local community, where I can make a difference to people’s lives.’


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