Professor Ralph Grillo and Professor Paul Richards
Professor Ralph Grillo
Professor Grillo is an Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex. He was also founding director of the Research Centre for Culture, Development and the Environment at the University. Since the mid-1990s, Professor Grillo’s research has focused on cultural diversity and its governance in France, Italy and the UK and he has published a number of works in this area. Most recently, he has been working with anthropologists, lawyers and political scientists on issues relating to cultural and religious diversity and the law in Europe and North America, with a particular interest in the ‘legal industry’ which has grown up around Islam. Through his work with the Sussex Centre of Migration Research, Professor Grillo has been actively involved with a number of Advisory Boards for socio-cultural diversity and anthropology.
Professor Paul Richards
Professor Richards is one of the foremost anthropologists working in West Africa, particularly in Sierra Leone. His early work focused on ethnographic studies of Mende village rice farming and forest conservation, however he is probably best known for his work on the anthropology of conflict. Most recently, Professor Richards has been focused on the recent Ebola outbreak that has been crippling both Sierra Leone and Liberia. His contributions ‘from the field’ (which provided an insight into communities’ experience of the epidemic and analysis based on over 30 years of fieldwork in the region), provided important information to international governments, agencies and the wider community.