Cris Shore
Cris Shore

After completing a PhD at Sussex University in 1986, he taught at Perugia University in Italy (1986) before taking up a research internship in the European Parliament in Brussels. Between 1987-1990, he lectured at Oxford Brookes University before taking a permanent post at Goldsmiths University in London where he held various positions (Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor) until 2003 when he was appointed to the Chair in Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland.

In 2006 he became founding Director of the Europe Institute, which he continued to co-direct until 2008. He has held numerous Visiting Fellowships and Professorships, including at Bristol, Sussex, Aarhus, and Harvard University, UMASS, Malta, University College London and the European University Institute in London.

Current research:

  • Political anthropology, including political economy, governance, bureaucracies, complex organisations and elites
  • Anthropologicall approaches to the study of policy.
  •  ‘Audit culture’: how metricised measurements, performance indicators and rankings are used to shape conduct and transform society.  I investigate these topics through the methodologies of social anthropology and ethnographic techniques. 
  • Europe and the European Union in an age of austerity.
  • Higher education reform and the study of universities in the global knowledge economy.
  • The Crown and Constitutional Reform in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK

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