I trained in anthropology at the University of Edinburgh (PhD 2015) and was a Fellow at the London School of Economics prior to joining Brunel as a Lecturer in Anthropology this year. I have worked for many years in Sri Lanka and the Maldives and I specialise in trade, mercantile kinship, and the social life of work in South Asia. I have also conducted research on infrastructure development, road construction, mobility and connectivity from the Himālaya to the Indian Ocean. More recently my research focus has been on the financialisation of Development, transforming modes of Aid, and the relationship between entrepreneurship and advice.
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- PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh (2015)
- MSc(res) in Social Anthropology, University of Ediburgh (2010)
- BA(Joint Hons) Anthropology and Development Studies, Sussex University (2009)
Heslop, L.A. In a Merchant’s House: An ethnography of life and work from small town Sri Lanka (in preparation for Stanford University Press, South Asia in Motion Series).
2021, Forthcoming – Heslop L.A, & Murton, G. (eds.) Highways and Hierarchies: ethnographies of mobility from the Himālaya to the Indian Ocean.University of Amsterdam Press.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Heslop, L.A, Bowers, R. & D. Lewis: Ecosystems of Advice and Entrepreneurship in South Asia: Unfolding Dynamics of Development Financialisation. Development and Change. (Under review).
2021- Heslop, L.A, Rotter, R & L. Jeffery. ‘Navigating interdisciplinarity: negotiating discipline, embodiment, and materiality on a field methods training course'. Teaching Anthropology.
2021 - Heslop, L. A. ‘From haunted houses to housed hauntings: ghosts, oracles, and kinship ambivalence in a Sri Lankan merchant family’. Current Anthropology. (Accepted).
2020 - Heslop, L.A. ‘A journey through ‘infraspace’: The financial architecture of infrastructure’. Economy and Society. DOI:10.1080/03085147.2020.1733843
2020 - Heslop, L.A & Jeffery, L. ‘Roadwork: expertise at work building roads in the Maldives’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9655.13236.
2019 - Heslop, L.A. ‘Trading on Commission in Sri Lanka's Wholesale Scene’, Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 84:3, 398-414.
2019 - Heslop L, A. & Cross, J. ‘Anthropology for Sale: introduction’, Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, 84:3, 369-379.
2016 - Heslop L. A. 'Catching the pulse: money and circulation in a Sri Lankan marketplace'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI). Vol. 22:3, 535-551.
2015 - Heslop, L. A. ‘Signboards and the naming of small businesses: promotion, personhood and dissimulation in a Sri Lankan market town’, SAMAJ: South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal. 12, On Names in South Asia: Iteration, (Im)propriety and Dissimulation.
*2014 - Heslop, L.A. 'On Sacred Ground: The Political Performance of Religious Responsibility'. Contemporary South Asia. 22 (1): 21-36.
*An early version of this paper was awarded, 'Outstanding post-graduate essay' by the British Association for South Asian Studies (2013). And informed a document entitled, 'Of Sacred Sites and Profane Politics', prepared by the Secretariat for Muslims, Sri Lanka (2015)
Heslop L.A, & Murton, G. (eds.) Highways and Hierarchies: ethnographies of mobility from the Himalaya to the Indian Ocean. University of Amsterdam Press (under contract).
2019 - Heslop L, A. & Cross, J. ‘Anthropology for Sale'. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology.
2015 - Heslop L.A. ‘Protest, Dissent, and Political Change in Post War Sri Lanka’. The South Asianist: The Journal of South Asian Studies. Vol. 4.
Reviews, blogs, magazines and online publishing
Heslop, L.A. 2020. ‘Roadside suspicion, island development, and runways to the sky’. Roadsides
Heslop, L.A. 2017. 'Liquidity'. Weather Matters.
Heslop, L.A. 2016. 'Publishing for PhD students: Four things to know'. Allegra Lab
Heslop, L.A. 2016. Penny Harvey and Hannah Knox's, 'Roads: An Anthropology of Infrastructure and Expertise'. The LSE Review of Books.
Heslop L.A. 2016. 'On the Hooghly', A review of Laura Bear's 'Navigating Austerity: Currents of Debt Along a South Asian River'. Current Anthropology. 57(03): 379-380.