With a head full of Laurens van der Post and half an anthropology degree from St Andrews University under his belt, James Suzman hitched a ride into Botswana’s eastern Kalahari in June 1991.He was awarded a PHD in 1995


Since then he has lived and worked with every major Bushman group in southern Africa .  He has consulted and advised a range of Government, NGO and Commercial clients. 


He was appointed to the Smuts Fellowship in African Studies at Cambridge University in 2001 having led the largest research programme into southern Africa's indigenous peoples yet conducted. In 2007  he was invited to develop and lead  diamond giant De Beers' award winning sustainability and public affairs funtcions where he was responsible globally for De Beers relationships with Governments, Mulitlateral Insitutions, Communities and other key Stakeholders. He resigned in 2012 to set up Anthropos in 2012.  


Anthropos was set up in 2013, by James Suzman as a vehicle to apply anthropological methods to solving contemporary social economic and development  problems.  James is an anthropologist specialising in the political economy of southern Africa and the Kalahari region in particular.




Minorities in Independent Namibia- Minority Rights Group: London: 50 pages 2002

An Assessment of the Status of Namibia’s San Population, Regional Assessment of the Status of the San in Southern Africa Volume 4. Legal Assistance Centre, Windhoek, Namibia- ISBN 99916-765-61, 206 pages2001

The Regional Assessment of the Status of the San in Southern Africa: An Introduction, Regional Assessment of the Status of the San in Southern Africa Volume 1, ISBN 99916-765-3-8, 100 pages2001

(Editor)The Regional Assessment of the Status of the San in Southern African Volumes 2,3,5 (South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia) Legal Assistance Centre, Windhoek. 400 pages2001

Things from the Bush; A Contemporary History of the Omaheke Bushmen, Introduced by Robert Gordon, P. Schlettwein Publishing, Basel. ISBN 3—908193-06-0, 218 pages, 2000

Commission of Inquiry into Labour Related Matters Concerning Agricultural and Domestic Workers in Namibia. Government Printer: Windhoek, ISBN 0-86976-404-71997 (with Fitchatt, S. and published under Republic of Namibia) 1998

In the Margins: A Qualitative Examination of the Status of Farm Workers in the Omaheke Region of Namibia, Research Series No. 1, Legal Assistance Centre, Windhoek, Namibia, ISBN  99916-730-08, 64 pages 1995

Selected Reports/ Articles

Diamonds, De Beers and Defying the Resources Curse, Mining, People and the Environment, Jan/Feb 2010
Hunting for Histories; Rethinking Historicity in the Western Kalahari in Barnard A (ed) Hunter-Gatherers In History, Archaeology And Anthropology , Berg Books 2004

Etosha Dreams: An historical Account of the Hai//om Predicament; Journal of Modern African Studies 42 (2) 2004
Diamonds or Development New African Magazine June 2003: London 2003

Blaming the Messenger- A reply Before Farming the Archaeology of Old World Hunter Gatherers Issue VOL 3 (1) 2003
A Future After Survival – Weekly Mail and Guardian, South Africa November 2003

Difference, Domination and “Under-development”- In Winterfeld (ed) A Namibian Sociological Reader, Macmillan, Windhoek. 16p2002,

Surviving Survival: Bushmen, Resettlement and Advocacy in the Central Kalahari Botswana Before Farming the Archaeology of Old World Hunter Gatherers Issue 3/2002 2002

Human Rights and Indigenous Wrongs: National Policy International Resolutions and the Status of the San in Southern Africa. In Africa’s Indigenous Minorities: First Peoples or Marginalised Minorities Kenrick and Barnard (eds), CAS (University of Edinburgh) 14p 2001

Community Based Natural Resource Management in the Omaheke: Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, Windhoek, 47 pages1997

A Base-Line Socio-Economic Survey of the Omaheke Region; Oxfam Canada, Windhoek. 60 pages1997
Poverty, Land and Power in the Omaheke Region, Oxfam UK&I: Windhoek 50 pages1995

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We draw on a large network of anthropologists, economists, analysts and geographers so that we can bring cutting edge expertise to any project we participate in. 

We also work collaboratively with a range of research, consultancy organisations and NGOs.

If you wish to join the anthropos network, please contact us. 

1-Clients of James Suzman Consultancy Services


Wherever possible Anthropos will work on the basis of a fixed short or long term contract based on a clear set of deliverables for a fixed fee or on the basis of an estimated number of days' work. Where on occassion Anthropos is engaged on an ad hoc unsecured basis, the attached guideline charges will apply unless alternative agreements are made with the client. 


Anthropos also provides pro bono services  to communities and projects of particular importance or interest where the clients or beneficiaries are without means to pay.

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