Emma Crewe is an anthropologist by training and has applied the discipline to research, teaching and practice. She has written about civil society and parliament in Eastern Africa, South Asia and the UK.
Her work on development focuses on identity, inequality and the management of change. Her latest book about development is written with Richard Axelby and collects the rich insights of anthropologists from around the world. They put the spotlight on the politics of development that is often hidden from view.
When writing about parliament she does the opposite, exposing surprising rituals, social ties and contradictions within the world of British politics. She is currently writing a book about the work of Westminster MPs.