Dr Alice Elliot

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Anthropology
Email a.elliot (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7807
Dr Alice Elliot

Alice Elliot has been conducting ethnographic research since 2006 between North Africa and Europe on the social and intimate dimensions of migration and, more recently, on those of economic crisis and Arab revolutions. She works in Morocco, Tunisia, and Italy on themes of gender, kinship, and intimacy, Islam and theological/political imagination, hope and indigenous conceptions of movement. Before joining Goldsmiths, Alice was a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Bristol, a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at UCL, and a Pegasus Marie Curie Fellow at KU Leuven.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Anthropology, UCL 2012

Teaching and Supervision



Elliot, Alice. The Outside: Migration as Life in Morocco. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Edited Book

Elliot, Alice; Norum, Roger and Salazar, Noel B., eds. 2017. Methodologies of mobility: ethnography and experiment. New York: Berghahn. ISBN 978-1-78533-480-1

Edited Journal

Elliot, Alice and Menin, Laura, eds. 2018. Special Section: Anthropologies of Destiny, HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 8(1-2). 2049-1115

Book Section

Elliot, Alice. 2020. Mediterranean distinctions: forced migration, forceful hope, and the analytics of desperation. In: Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, ed. Refuge in a Moving World: Tracing Refugee and Migrant Journeys Across Disciplines. London: UCL Press. ISBN 9781787353190

Salazar, Noel B.; Elliot, Alice and Norum, Roger. 2017. Studying mobilities: theoretical notes and methodological queries. In: Alice Elliot; Roger Norum and Noel B. Salazar, eds. Methodologies of mobility: ethnography and experiment. New York: Berghahn, pp. 1-24. ISBN 978-1-78533-480-1

Elliot, Alice. 2016. Gender. In: Noel B. Salazar and Kiran Jayaram, eds. Keywords of mobility: critical engagements. Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 73-92. ISBN 978-1-78533-146-6

Elliot, Alice. 2011. E per fortuna o purtroppo lo sono: percorsi identitari e appartenenze plurime di giovani di origine marocchina e albanese. Una ricerca etnografica. In: Chiara Volpato, ed. Nuovi cittadini: I giovani immigrati tra accoglienza e rifiuto. Milan: Unicopoli, pp. 47-84.


Elliot, Alice and Menin, Laura. 2018. For an anthropology of destiny. HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 8(1/2), pp. 292-299.

Elliot, Alice. 2016. The makeup of destiny: predestination and the labor of hope in a Moroccan emigrant town. American Ethnologist, 43(3), pp. 489-500. ISSN 0094-0496

Elliot, Alice. 2016. Forceful Hope. Allegra Lab,

Elliot, Alice. 2016. Paused subjects: waiting for migration in North Africa. Time & Society, 25(1), pp. 102-116. ISSN 0961-463X

Elliot, Alice. 2015. Crisis on the opposite shore: Notes from the field on crisis, revolution, and the possible. Allegra Lab,

Mondain, N; Randall, S; Diagne, A and Elliot, Alice. 2012. Les effets de l’émigration masculine sur la situation des femmes au Sénégal: renforcement ou ébranlement des équilibres traditionnels? Autrepart: revue de sciences sociales au Sud, 61, pp. 81-98.

Elliot, Alice. 2009. Legal, social and intimate belonging: Moroccan and Albanian second generation migrants in Italy. UCL Anthropology Working Papers, 5,

Further profile content

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups/Projects

Migration Research Network

Research students

Paaras Abbas. An anthropological inquiry into breast cancer in Rwanda. (MRes)
Larisa Carranza. San Romero: mapping memories, stories and bodies in contemporary El Salvador. (PhD)
Marzieh Kaivanara. ‘I did it for my self:’ an ethnographic study of cosmetic surgery in Tehran, Iran. (PhD)