Harri Englund

Professor of Anthropology, Fellow at Churchill College and Director of the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge

​Research interests: South-Central Africa; the political and moral economy of poverty; human rights and liberalism; vernacular broadcast and print media; language.

Prof. Englund began his research in the early 1990s when a wave of democratisation swept across Africa. This formative period sparked his enduring interest in topics such as liberalism, democracy, human rights, moral obligation, freedom and equality. Studying the socio-cultural aspects of these topics has involved long-term ethnographic fieldwork in South-Central Africa (Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia) as well as more recently in Finland.

His current research interests include free speech and the quality of public deliberation in the context of mass and social media. To this end, Prof. Englund has worked with radio journalists and listeners in Malawi, Zambia and Finland. Developing an anthropological approach to radio studies also entails attention to the ways in which ’voice’ might be understood and experienced as well as to the wider audio and media environment in which radio broadcasting is embedded. His previous projects have included work with human rights activists, refugees and Pentecostal Christians, among others.

He is a co-editor of the International African Library, a major monograph series published by Cambridge University Press for the International African Institute.

For further information, please see Prof. Englund's faculty website.