Keith Hart

Keith Hart is one of the world’s leading economic anthropologists and a renowned expert on Africa. A lecturer in anthropology and Director of the African Studies Centre at the University of Cambridge for many years, he is now Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology in the Department of International Development at the LSE and International Director of the Human Economy at the University of Pretoria. Hart’s work has centred on economic relations, credit, banking and the nature of money. His early writings considered the political economy of West African agriculture and informal income and employment opportunities in Ghana, and since then he has tackled larger-scale issues such as the nature of economic development and its relation to the informal economy, the ‘human economy’ and the impact of the Financial Crash of 2008. Latterly, he has also examined questions of identity and movement in a globalized world. His work with Polity includes The Human Economy: A Citizens’ Guide.