I received my training in Social Anthropology at Oxford University. After teaching for twenty years at University College London, I joined the Manchester department in September 1996, and served as its Head from 1997 to 2001. I have also taught in Mexican universities.
In April 2005 I was elected Chair of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth, to serve for a term of four years. In 2009 I was elected a Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences at its 16th Congress in Kunming, China, with responsibility for organising the 17th IUAES World Congress, which was hosted by Manchester University in August 2013.
I was elected a member of the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 2000 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010.
I am co-managing editor of the journal Critique of Anthropology, and on the editorial boards of Anthropological Theory, Development Studies Research, Identities, The Journal of Political Power, and Urbanities.
For more information on my current activities please visit my new personal website and blog.