The Programme Directors


     BA Classics/ Social Anthropology (Cambridge University)

     PhD Social Anthropology (Cambridge University)


Keith is currently co-director of the Human Economy Programme, Visiting Professor in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, and Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology at the London School of Economics. He can be contacted at [email protected]om.

An anthropologist by training, Keith contributed the concept of the informal economy to development studies and has written at length on money, including the collapse of the twentieth century's dominant form, national capitalism. He has taught in more than a dozen universities around the world, especially in Cambridge University where he was Director of the African Studies Centre. He runs an active blog and website called The Memory Bank and is a founder and active member of the fast-growing Open Anthropology Cooperative (OAC). Keith lives in Paris with his family.

Click here to read more about Keith, including a full list of his publications.

Some of Keith's publications include:

Hart, K. and Ortiz, H. 2014. The anthropology of money and finance, Annual Review of Anthropology (Oct).

Hart, K. 2014 Marcel Mauss’s economic vision, 1920-1925: anthropology, politics, journalism, Journal of Classical Sociology 14.1: 34-44.

Hart,K. and Padayachee, V. 2013. A history of South African capitalism in national and global perspective, Transformation 81/82: 55-85.

Hann, C. and Hart, K. 2011. Economic Anthropology: History, Ethnography, Critique. Cambridge: Polity.

Hart, K., Laville, J. and A.D. Cattani (eds.) 2010. The Human Economy: A Citizen’s Guide. Cambridge: Polity. 

Hart, K. 2009. Money in the making of world society. In C. Hann and K. Hart eds. Market and Society: The Great Transformation today. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 91-105. 

Hart, K. 2005. The Hit Man’s Dilemma: Or Business, Personal and Impersonal. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm. 

Hart, K. 2000. The Memory Bank: Money in an Unequal World. London: Profile; republished in 2001 as Money in an Unequal World. New York: Texere.




    BA (Hons) (University of Cape Town) 

    PhD (Cambridge University)



John is currently South Africa Director of the Human Economy Research Programme, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, and Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Pretoria.
He can be contacted at [email protected].


Some of John's recent publications include:

J. Sharp, T. Powers & V. Laterza. 2013. 'The Human Economy: first steps'. Anthropology Southern Africa, 36(3&4):99-101.

J. Sharp. 2013. 'Towards a Human Economy: reflections on a new project'. Anthropology Southern Africa, 36(3&4): 130-134.

J. Sharp, K. Hart & V. Laterza. 2014. 'South Africa in World Development: prospects for a Human Economy'. Anthropology Today, 30(6):13-17.

K. Hart & J. Sharp (eds.) 2015. People, Money and Power in the Economic Crisis: Perspectives from the Global South. Oxford & New York: Berghahn Books. 

J. Sharp. 2015. 'Market, Race and Nation: History of the White Working Class in Pretoria' in K. Hart and J. Sharp (eds.). People, Money and Power in the Economic Crisis: Perspectives from the Global South. Oxford & New York: Berghahn Books (pp. 82-105).

J. Sharp & S. van Wyk, 2015. 'Beyond the Market: White Workers in Pretoria', in K. Hart (ed.). Economy for and against Democracy. Oxford & New York: Berghahn Books (pp. 120-136).

Sharp, J. and R. Vally. 2009. Unequal ‘cultures’? Racial integration at a South African university. Anthropology Today Vol. 25(3), pp. 3-6. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8322.2009.00665.x

Sharp, J. 2008, ‘Fortress SA’ : Xenophobic violence in South Africa,’ Anthropology Today Vol. 24(4), pp. 1-3.

Sharp, J. 2008, 'Mafeje and Langa: the start of an intellectual’s journey', Africa Development Vol. 33(4), pp. 153-167.

Sharp, J. 2006. Corporate social responsibility and development: An anthropological perspective. Development Southern Africa Vol 23(2), pp. 213-222. DOI: 10.1080/03768350600707892

- Author Lena Gronbach

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