Richard Vokes


  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


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Richard Vokes is Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Development at the University of Western Australia, and an elected Research Associate of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He holds a B.A. Hons. and an M.A. with Distinction in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent, and a D.Phil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford.

His research focuses primarily on the African Great Lakes region, especially on the societies of South-western Uganda, where he has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork since 2000. He has published extensively on this region, including on: new religious movements, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the history of photography, media and social change, and the anthropology of development (education, governance and infrastructure). He also works with African-Australians.

He has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Curl Essay Prize, a Finalist Award in the African Studies Association’s Herskovits competition, and the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Sutasoma Prize. He has held the Evans-Pritchard Lectureship, the Erskine Fellowship, and the Plumer Fellowship, all at Oxford University, and he has been twice a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.

He has secured competitive research funding from: the Australian Research Council, the British Institute in East Africa, the British Library, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the Tropical Agriculture Association (UK), the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation (USA). He also conducts a wide range of consultancy and media work. He is President of the Australian Anthropological Society, Editor of the Journal of Eastern African Studies, and a Committee Member on Australia's Social Sciences Week.

Previous positions

University of Oxford, 1999-2005
University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2005-2012
University of Adelaide, 2013-2017


Africa, Development, Religion and Politics, Media and Visual Anthropology, Globalization and Transnationalism.


English (Native)
Runyankore-Rukiga (Strong)
French (Reading).

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Uganda Social Sciences
photography Social Sciences
anthropology Social Sciences
Religion Social Sciences
globalization Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
protectorate Social Sciences
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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2018 2018

Chronotopes of Media in Sub-Saharan Africa

Vokes, R. & Pype, K. 15 Mar 2018 In : Ethnos. 83, 2, p. 207-217 11 p.

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Photography, exhibitions and embodied futures in colonial Uganda, 1908–1960

Vokes, R. 2 Jan 2018 In : Visual Studies. 33, 1, p. 11-27 17 p.

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