My doctoral research was on Guatemalan vigilantism, and while I still consider the anthropology of violence my primary field of research, since completing my PhD at Sussex in 2008 I have written and researched on topics as spanning from the Antiques Roadshow through to gambling advertising. My most recent book (with Natalie Djohari) explores the history of anthropology through controversies, aiming to introduce those new to anthropology to its history without glossing over the more problematic areas. In 2021 I will be conducting research for the British Academy/Leverhulme funded project 'Watching the Coast'. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Editor of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Teaching Anthropology journal. I am also Admissions Tutor, Convenor of the BA Anthropology, and I run the Anthropology Department’s summer school.
- DPhil Anthropology - University of Sussex 2008
- MSc Social Research Methods 2002
- BA Anthropology 2001
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2019
Teaching and Supervision
I have two primary areas of research: the first is anthropology of violence and vigilantism, having explored Guatemalan lynchings for my PhD I am now exploring digital vigilantism globally. I am interested in the intersections between anthropology, popular culture and violence and the relationship between state and non-state groups in the use and regulation of violence. My second area of interest is staff/student collaborative research which so far has involved the Antiques Roadshow, anthropologists bookshelves and children/gambling advertising - with new projects on mudlarking and boardgames in development.
Djohari, Natalie; Weston, Gavin
Djohari, Natalie; Weston, Gavin
Further profile content
Anthropological controversies: The 'crimes' and misdemeanors that shaped a discipline
Book - with Natalie Djohari
The visibility of gambling sponsorship in football related products marketed directly to children
With Natalie Djohari, Rebecca Cassidy and Ivana Kulas Reid
Queue-munity engagement: Collaborative Event Ethnography at the Antiques Roadshow in Kent.
With Alexandra Urdea, Helen Cornish, Elena Liber
Recall and awareness of gambling advertising and sponsorship in sport in the United Kingdom: A study of young people and adults.
With Natalie Djohari, Rebecca Cassidy, Samantha Thomas & Martyn Wemyss
Editor of Teaching Anthropology: https://www.teachinganthropology.org/
BBC's Match of the Day children's football magazine features a gambling firm's logo on every other page, study finds - despite betting firms being ban
Daily Mail article covering research on gambling advertising in children's magazines, stickers and cards.
New Scientist 'Feedback - The Very British Ethnography of Queuing'
Research with Goldsmiths staff and students covered in New Scientist
Ghost Stories Can Inspire Teaching Tricks
Times Higher Education blog for Halloween on ghost walks and teaching
Slate 'Midsommar’s Real Villains Aren’t Murderous Pagans. They’re Grad Students.'
Our article on fictional anthropologists in films gets discussed in relation to Midsommar.
Daily Mail – 'Eight in ten children remember seeing gambling adverts on TV - despite it being illegal to target them’
Article by Tom Witherow discussing findings from research on the impact of gambling advertising on children.
‘Anthropologists do well in films – indigenous people – not so much’
Article by Piers Kelly elaborating on finding from Weston, Lawson, Blell & Hayton (2015) ‘Anthropologists in Film: ‘The Horror! The Horror!’
Huffington Post ‘Vigilante archetypes and the spread of real life superheroes’
Article by Gavin Weston on the rise of real life superhero movement.
Should you do postgrad in one of the social sciences?
Guardian piece on why to undertake postgrad study
Dr William Tantam (2016), Dr Charlotte Livingstone (2019), Cy Elliott Smith, Amy Tapsfield, Malte Gembus, Claire Calvagna & Avery Delaney.
Happy to supervise anything interesting - but especially interested in proposals on violence/media/justice.