Anke Schwittay


Dr Anke Schwittay is Head of International Development at the University of Sussex in the UK, and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development at the School of Global Studies. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked at the University of Berkeley and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on emerging practices and actors in International Development, with a focus on inclusive innovation, financial inclusion, digital technologies and humanitarian design, and she has published numerous articles in academic journals on these topics. She is also the author of New Media and International Development: Representation and Affect in Microfinance, which examines the continued popularity of microfinance among supporters in the Global North, based on financial, social and personal commitments to distant others forged via narrative and visual stories, crowdfunding platforms, microfinance tourism and volunteering.