Tim Ingold
professor of social anthropology, University of Aberdeen

Tim Ingold is professor of social anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and a fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Following 25 years at the University of Manchester, Ingold moved in 1999 to Aberdeen, where he established the UK’s newest Department of Anthropology.

Ingold has carried out ethnographic fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, as well as on animals in human society, issues in human ecology, and evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history. His explorations of the links between environmental perception and skilled practice have sought to replace traditional models of genetic and cultural transmission with a relational approach focusing on the growth of skills of perception and action within socio-environmental contexts of development.

In more recent research, Ingold has followed three lines of inquiry that emerged from his earlier work, concerning the dynamics of pedestrian movement, the creativity of practice, and the linearity of writing. He now writes and teaches on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture, and directs the project Knowing From the Inside (2013-18), with funding from the European Research Council.

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