About

Dr. Jason Hickel is an anthropologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He serves on the Labour Party task force on international development, works as Policy Director for /The Rules collective, and sits on the Executive Board of Academics Stand Against Poverty.

Jason's research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development, and ecological economics.  His most recent book, The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, was published by Penguin in 2017.  Jason's  ethnographic work focuses on migrant labour and politics in South Africa, which is the subject of his first book, Democracy as Death: The Moral Order of Anti-Liberal Politics in South Africa (University of California Press, 2015).

In addition to his academic work, Jason writes a column for The Guardian and contributes to a number of other online outlets, with bylines in Al Jazeera, Fast Company, JacobinProspect, Le Monde Diplomatique, Red Pepper, Truthout, and Monthly Review. 

Jason has received a number of teaching awards, including the ASA/HEA National Award for Excellence in Teaching Anthropology, and his ethnographic research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, and the Leverhulme Trust.  

He is originally from Swaziland.