Professor John Gledhill FBA
About this Fellow
Until his retirement in 2014 John Gledhill was Max Gluckman Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Before moving to Manchester in 1996, he worked in the anthropology department at University College London, which made him appreciate that anthropology is not just social and cultural anthropology. He was Chair of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth from 2005 to 2009, and a Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences from 2009 to 2013, responsible for organising its 17th World Congress. He also served on the Executive of the World Council of Anthropological Associations and remains a member of its Advisory Board. He has done research in Mexico since the 1970s and taught in Mexican universities. His visiting professorships include two years from 2001 to 2003 funded by the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology. During that period, he also began to develop new research on Brazil. His research has covered contemporary and historical issues, indigenous and non-indigenous people, and rural and urban society, focusing on topics such as the comparative analysis of political life, power relations, social movements, the state, political economy, migration, violence, conflict and security.
- Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, The University of Manchester
- Max Gluckman Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, 1970
- Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, 1970
Cultural and political ecology, with principal specialization on agrarian change in developing countries; comparative regional study of the dynamics of people-environment interaction in the Pacific and southeast Asia
The representation and analysis of phenomena distributed in space and time, especially the space of the Earth's surface; the application of geographic information systems to research in the social sciences and humanities.
The ethnology of Amazonian Indians, especially of their use and perception of the environment; the comparative anthropology of the relations between nature and society
Environmental governance: relations between land use planning, environment & sustainability; policy processes in modern democracies, especially the role of knowledge, ideas & advice in policy formation & change.