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Department of Anthropology & Archaeology


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Inge Kriel received her Honours and Master’s degrees in Anthropology, in 1992 and 1996 respectively, both from the University of Pretoria.  She worked as a development officer for an NGO, as a freelance development consultant, and as a lecturer in the Anthropology Department at the University of the Free State before returning to her alma mater in 2000.  Upon award of a Commonwealth Scholarship, she registered for her PhD at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in September 2004.  She is currently in the closing stages of writing-up her thesis on the Royal Bafokeng Nation, outside Rustenburg (South Africa).



Rural development, aid agencies, anthropology of development, common property resources, politics of identity, popular religion, and migration


Wassermann, Inge. 1997. Characteristics of communities which may impact negatively on development.  South African Journal of Ethnology, 20(2): 62-76.
Wassermann, Inge. 1997. Fighting the AID virus: Towards the indigenisation of development facilitation in South Africa. South African Journal of Ethnology, 20(4): 211-218.
Wassermann, Inge. 1999. Humour: a neglected anthropological field of research.  South African Journal of Ethnology, 22(4): 182-192.
Wassermann, Inge. 2001. Interpersonal dynamics in Community Development. In: Marais, H.C., Muthien, Y., Jansen van Rensburg, N.S., Maaga, M.P., De Wet, G.F. & Coetzee, C.J. (eds.). Sustainable social development: Critical issues. Pretoria: Network Publishers.
Wassermann, Inge. 2001. Poverty alleviation through community participation: realism or idealism? South African Journal of Ethnology, 24(4): 171-178.
Kriel, Inge. 2003. Anthropologists in the drivers’ seats. Using person-centered interviews in transport survey research. Anthropology Southern Africa, 26(3&4): 159-166.
Kriel, Inge. 2010. Bafokeng, Inc. Power of the nation/corporation amalgam. Anthropology Southern Africa, 33(1&2): 44-54.



Introduction to Anthropology

Multicultural South Africa? (APL 120)

Human lifecycle

Descent and family

Community Development:

Introduction to Development

Project planning and management (GSO 181)

South African development context

Community dynamics

Participatory research

Project monitoring

Development theory (GSO 751)

Development people, projects and processes (GSO 755)

Corporate Social Responsibility

Research methods (GSO 750)



Anthropology Southern Africa. Member since 2005. Board member since 2009.

Former Association of Cultural Anthropologists. Member 1990-2000. Secretary 1998-2001.


Current students (all enrolled for the MSocSci degree programme specializing in Community Development)Priscilla Kwangwama. Impact of Zimbabwe’s Fast Track Land Reform Programme on irrigation farmers at Mushandike.
Christine Tariro Gumunyu-Manatsa. Rastafarianism and children’s education in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Christina Tafadzwa Maguwu. Community engagement in response to the impact of HIV/AIDS: Ruvheneko project in Chirumhanzu, Zimbabwe.
Prisca Mutero.      Gold panning in Mutoko, Zimbabwe.