Cris joined Goldsmiths in January 2019. This was something of a return for him as he had previously worked in the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths from 1990 to 2002. Prior to returning to the UK he worked for 15 years at the University of Auckland in New Zealand where he was Head of Department and founding Director of the Europe Institute. In 2018 he moved to Sweden to take up a one-year post as Guest Professor in Public Management at the Stockholm Centre for Organisational Research (SCORE) where he researched management and leadership in public organisations.
Teaching and Supervision
Political anthropology, European societies, anthropology of organisations and policy, critical studies of management & governance, higher education, corruption, 'audit culture'. New Zealand, Britain.
Cris convenes a 2nd year undergraduate module called 'Ethnography of a Selected Region: Europe' and an MA module called Anthropological Research Metho
Cris studied anthropology at Sussex University. His PhD thesis was a study of the Italian Communist Party and Eurocommunism. He has conducted fieldwork in Italy, Belgium (on EU civil servants and the cultural politics of European integration), Britain and New Zealand (on politics, university reform, and the global knowledge economy). His work spans several fields including EU institutions and policies, the state, nationalism, elites, corruption, higher education, the rise of ‘audit culture’ and the anthropology of policy. He was founding editor of the journal Anthropology in Action and a founding member and Co-President of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP), a Section of the American Anthropological Association (2016-18). With Susan Wright, he is co-editor of the Stanford University Press book series Anthropology of Policy.
Cris's work engages with issues in political anthropology, European ethnography and the study of organisations, particularly the governance and management of universities. His main research interests include power, ideology, the effects of systems of measurement and ranking on individuals and organisations, corruption, and the anthropology of policy. His research covers a range of issues of theoretical and public policy interest including the European Union, the State, elites, corruption, ‘audit culture’ and higher education reform.
Publications and research outputs
Shore, Cris. 2021. Audit failure and corporate corruption: Why Mediterranean patron-client relations are relevant for understanding the work of international accountancy firms. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 2021(90), pp. 91-105. ISSN 0920-1297
Lewis, Nick and Shore, Cris. 2019. From unbundling to market making: reimagining, reassembling and reinventing the public university. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 17(1), pp. 11-27. ISSN 1476-7724
Shore, Cris and Wright, Susan. 2018. How the Big 4 got big: Audit culture and the metamorphosis of international accountancy firms. Critique of Anthropology, 38(3), pp. 303-324. ISSN 0308-275X
Raudon, Sally and Shore, Cris. 2018. The Eurozone Crisis, Greece and European Integration. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 27(1), pp. 64-83. ISSN 1755-2923
Shore, Cris. 2018. How Corrupt Are Universities? Audit Culture, Fraud Prevention, and the Big Four Accountancy Firms. Current Anthropology, 59(S18), S92-S104. ISSN 0011-3204
Green, Sarah; Gregory, Chris; Reeves, Madeleine; Cowan, Jane K.; Demetriou, Olga; Koch, Insa; Carrithers, Michael; Andersson, Ruben; Gingrich, Andre; Macdonald, Sharon; Açiksöz, Salih Can; Yildirim, Umut; Eriksen, Thomas Hylland; Shore, Cris; Holmes, Douglas R.; Herzfeld, Michael; Strathern, Marilyn; Jensen, Casper Bruun; Martin, Keir; Dalakoglou, Dimitris; Poulimenakos, Georgos; Jansen, Stef; Brkovič, Čarna; Wilson, Thomas M.; Besnier, Niko; Guinness, Daniel; Hann, Mark; Ballinger, Pamela and Dzenovska, Dace. 2016. Brexit Referendum: first reactions from anthropology. Social Anthropology, 24(4), pp. 478-502. ISSN 0964-0282
Amsler, Mark and Shore, Cris. 2015. Responsibilisation and leadership in the neoliberal university: a New Zealand perspective. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 38(1), pp. 123-137. ISSN 0159-6306
Shore, Cris and Wright, Susan. 2015. Audit Culture Revisited: Rankings, Ratings and the Reassembling of Society. Current Anthropology, 56(3), pp. 421-444. ISSN 0011-3204
Shore, Cris. 2015. Troublesome Temporalities: Europe between Nostalgia and Promise. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24(1), pp. 120-122. ISSN 1755-2923
Shore, Cris and Trnka, Susanna. 2015. Peripheral vision as anthropological critique: How perspectives from the margins can illuminate the exploits of twenty-first-century global capitalism. Focaal, 2015(71), pp. 29-39. ISSN 0920-1297
Shore, Cris and Wright, Susan. 2015. Governing by numbers: audit culture, rankings and the new world order. Social Anthropology, 23(1), pp. 22-28. ISSN 0964-0282
Altman, Tess and Shore, Cris. 2014. Paradoxes of ‘public diplomacy’: Ethnographic perspectives on the European Union delegations in the antipodes. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 25(3), pp. 337-356. ISSN 1035-8811
Shore, Cris and Kawharu, Margaret. 2014. The Crown in New Zealand: Anthropological Perspectives on an Imagined Sovereign. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 11(1), pp. 17-38. ISSN 1179-0237
Shore, Cris and Davidson, Miri. 2014. Beyond Collusion and Resistance: Academic-Management Relations within the Neoliberal University. Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 7(1), pp. 12-28. ISSN 1755-2273
Shore, Cris and Wright, Susan. 2021. The Kafkaesque Pursuit of ‘World Class’: Audit Culture and the Reputational Arms Race in Academia. In: Sharon Rider; Michael A. Peters; Mats Hyvönen and Tina Besley, eds. World Class Universities: A Contested Concept. Singapore: Springer, pp. 59-76. ISBN 9789811575976
Shore, Cris. 2020. Symbiotic or Parasitic? Universities, Academic Capitalism and the Global Knowledge Economy. In: Emma Heffernan; Fiona Murphy and Jonathan Skinner, eds. Collaborations: Anthropology in a Neoliberal Age. London: Routledge, pp. 23-44. ISBN 9781350002265
Shore, Cris and Wright, Susan. 2018. Performance Management and the Audited Self: Quantified Personhood Beyond Neoliberal Governmentality. In: Btihaj Ajana, ed. Metric Culture: Ontologies of Self-Tracking Practices. London: Emerald Publishing, pp. 11-36. ISBN 9781787432901
Shore, Cris and Raudon, Sally. 2018. Performing Austerity: Greece’s Debt Crisis and European Integration. In: Theodoro Rakopoulos, ed. The Global Life of Austerity: Economic Crises Beyond Europe. Oxford and New York: Berghahn, pp. 32-47. ISBN 9781785338700
Shore, Cris and Williams, David. 2018. Deliberative or Performative? Constitutional Reform and the Politics of Public Engagement in New Zealand. In: Ron Levy; Hoi Kong; Graeme Orr and Jeff King, eds. The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 989-1033. ISBN 9781108289474
Shore, Cris. 2017. “100% Pure New Zealand”: National Branding and the Paradoxes of Scale. In: Ulf Hannerz and Andre Gingrich, eds. Small Countries: Structures and Sensibilities. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 47-66. ISBN 9780812248937
Shore, Cris and Williams, David V., eds. 2019. The Shapeshifting Crown: Locating the State in Postcolonial New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108496469
Shore, Cris and Wright, Susan, eds. 2017. Death of the Public University? Uncertain Futures for Higher Education in the Knowledge Economy. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-78533-542-6
Further profile content
Anthropology of the state and constitutional reform:
In 2014 he was awarded a major Royal Society of New Zealand ‘Marsden Fund’ award to carry out a three year study of ‘The Crown’ as an institution of government in postcolonial New Zealand and other Commonwealth countries. His most recent book (with David Williams) is The Shapeshifting Crown: Locating the State in Post-Colonial New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
University futures and the global knowledge economy:
Between 2010 – 2017 he was part of two EU funded international researcher exchange projects that explored university reform and globalisation, New Public Management, and universities in the global knowledge economy. He has continued this work and is currently researching the effects of indicators, rankings and New Public Management on the performance and subjectivity of academics.