Professor Jeremy MacClancy

MA, BLitt, DipSocAnth, DPhil (Oxon)

Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology

School of Law and Social Sciences

Jeremy MacClancy


Jeremy does research and publishes on a variety of topics within anthropology, and beyond.

Teaching and supervision


My present research students work on: social dimensions of the red kite reintroduction programme in Oxfordshire, and of the rise of wild boar numbers in the Forest of Dean; post-disaster reconstruction, via the anthropology of food, in Tohoku province, Japan; anthropological aspects of the work of Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza.

Previous research students have worked on: the effects of EU grants on sociopolitical leadership in Donegal, north Ireland; Oxford homeless and their receiving organisations; the reception to and evolving uses of Japanese lacquerware in Western Europe since the 15th century; folk museumlife in Wales.

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Alexandra Chesters The Joy of Possessions and Decluttering in Japan and the West Active
Benjamin Klinkenberg Socioeconomic effects of the wild boar (Sus scrofa) introduction to the Forest of Dean Active
Miranda Strubel Shared Landscapes: exploring the relationships between people and red kites in the UK Active
Dr Duccio Gasparri Locals, New-locals, Non-locals: (Re)mapping people and food in post-disaster Ishinomaki, Japan 2020
Dr Paul Moran Autonomy in modern Basque art, an anthropological perspective 2020
Dr Paola Esposito Butoh and the West: A Performative Ethnographic Analysis of the Spread of Butoh-dance outside of Japan 2014
Dr Anna Fraser Medical properties of hot springs in Japan 2013
Dr Stephanie Oeben Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games in Europe and Japan: A Comparative Anthropological Study 2013
Dr Sébastien Boret New Buddhist “natural” funerals in Japan 2011
Dr Douglas Frewer The social agency of postage stamps: Japanese postage stamps in a global context 2004


Critical decolonisation across anthropology, British residents in Southeast Spain, neo-rurals in West Ireland and northern Spain, emptiness and depopulation, critical museum studies, histories of anthropology public and academic, Basque studies, anthropologies of food, art, and sports.

Research impact

I collaborate with the British Consulate, Alicante, in my work on British residents in Spain


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

Royal Anthropological Institute (former Vice-President, four times Member of Council); Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK,