Sarah Buckler
Title: Dr
First Name: Sarah
Surname: Buckler
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: 01224 263236

Academic Background

  • MA Social Anthropology (Durham)
  • PhD Social Anthropology (Durham)

Sarah is a social anthropologist with specialist interests in the anthropology of art and creativity, community and organisational development, interaction and identity. She has worked extensively throughout the UK on arts based projects and projects with minority communities and has acted as advisor on a number of government funded schemes and initiatives requiring an understanding of community dynamics.

Sarah has recently extended her field of interest to West Africa where she has recently been carrying out research into potential partnership development projects involving NGOs, transnational corporations and government ministries.


Fire in the Dark: Telling Gypsiness in North East England (2007), Berghahn, Oxford
NB This book has been awarded the American Libraries Association's Choice Outstanding Academic Title award.

Same Old Story? Gypsy Understandings of the Injustices of Non-Gypsy Justice (2007) in Paths to International Justice: Social and Legal Perspectives. Dembour & Kelly (eds) Cambridge University Press.

Conference Presentations

Soundtracks: Music, Travel and Tourism (2012) Discordant Communities - musical tensions in imagining the future of marginalised communities.

Preventing Violent Extremism (2010) Tackling all forms of extremism to build cohesive communities.

Building Communities of Trust (2009) keynote speech and conference organiser in collaboration with the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Cosmopolitanism in Practice: Issues and Dilemmas when Applying Anthropology (ASA Conference 2006) - panel convenor and presenter of paper: "Caught in the Crossfire; when the anthropologist refuses cosmopolitanism"

Doubled Risk: Migrants, Communities and Far Right Politics, 2005 meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe

A Meeting of Minds? An exploration of intersubjectivity at work in planning for Gypsies, 8th Biennial Conference of the EASA, Vienna, 2004.

Defying Definitions, or what anthropologists and Gypsies do with "boundaries", ASA Conference, Durham, 2004.

Major Projects

Discordant Communities? – 2011-2013 awarded grant from the Leverhulme Trust to conduct ethnographic research into music and social issues in ex-mining communities

State of Trust – 2008-2011 advisor on government funded research into public trust in government

Community Philosophy – 2009-2011 Manager and advisor on community project bringing philosophy into local communities

Creative Communities – 2009 – 2011 Manager and advisor on project working with communities and artists to develop problem solving approaches to regeneration in deprived areas.

ESRC Research Methods, 2005 – 2007, member of core group involved in large scale on-going programme exploring research methods in social sciences.

Department for Education and Science, 2006, commissioned to carry out report into use and relevance of statistics gathered by central government to measure effectiveness of education policies.

Petroff, 2001, tour of Teesside for Romany Gypsy music group from Norway, including visits to local Gypsy sites and unofficial encampments.

Saltburn Artists Studios, 1996 – 1998, as Director of Saltburn Improvement Company raised funds to establish artists workshops and gallery space.

Waving Tree, 1997, residency for artist Stephen Lee from Baltimore USA to create an exhibition for Saltburn Artists Gallery based on the travels of Captain Cook

Listening to the Future, 1997, event for industry and industrialists on Teesside involving Sir Ernest Hall on piano and Miha Pogacnik (cultural ambassador for Slovenia) on violin exploring the potential for the arts to change the way we think about capitalism, industry and progress.

Finders Keepers, 1996, residency for three Australian aboriginal artists to work in Cleveland creating an exhibition around land rights issues as part of the Year of Visual Arts. Much of the community work was exhibited at the Australia High Commission and at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford.

Honours and Awards

  • Leverhulme Research Fellow (2011-2012)
  • Wingate Scholar (2000-2003)
  • Arts Council of England – travel award (1996)
  • Britain Australia Bicentennial Trust – travel award (1996)