Henrietta Moore

Dame Henrietta Moore
Born (1957-05-18) 18 May 1957
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Thesis Men, women, and the organisation of domestic space among the Marakwet of Kenya (1983)

Dame Henrietta Louise Moore, DBE, FBA,[1] FAcSS (born 18 May 1957) is a British social anthropologist. She is the director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College, London (UCL), part of the Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment. Prior to UCL, she was the William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge from 2009 to 2014. Previously Moore was a Governor of the LSE; LSE Deputy Director for research and external relations 2002–05, and served as the Director of the Gender Institute at the LSE from 1994–1999.[1]


Moore is a social theorist and feminist anthropologist. Her work has developed a distinctive approach to the comparative analysis of gender and sexuality, and to the intersections between culture and globalisation. Recent research has focused on virtual worlds, new technologies, online identities and the relationship between self-imagining and globalisation. Moore has held numerous Visiting Appointments in the United States, Germany, Norway, and South Africa, among other places.

She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007,[1] is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Academician of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, and a member of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a Member of the American Association of Anthropologists.

In 2008, following the retirement of Dame Marilyn Strathern, Moore took up the William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. In 2009 Moore was made a Professorial fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.

Recent works

Wider career

Moore is actively involved in the application of social science insights to business, the arts and public policy. She is the co-founder and chair of SHM Productions, a strategy and insight consultancy based in London, which was founded upon the principle that human motivation is at the root of business success and is critical to innovation across the public and private sectors. Moore was a founding trustee of the SHM Foundation, which works globally to provide communities and individuals with the practical tools they need to develop innovative solutions across the spheres of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

In 2009, Moore was appointed to the Scientific Council of the European Research Council for a tenure of four years. The European Research Council (ERC) supports investigator-driven frontier research across all disciplines, on the basis of scientific excellence. It supports the very best scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The scientists are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines. In 2011, Moore became a trustee of the Barbican Centre Trust, dedicated to the support of the Barbican's arts and learning programmes. The Trust supports the Barbican's innovative artistic programme and its creative learning projects, ranging from the Barbican Young Orchestra to literacy projects to schools partnership programmes across East London.

She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the social sciences.[3]

Major works


  1. 1 2 3 "MOORE, Professor H L (born 18 May 1957)". British Academy Fellows Archive. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011.
  2. Video on YouTube
  3. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61450. p. N8. 30 December 2015.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Marilyn Strathern
William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology
Cambridge University

2008 – 2014
Succeeded by
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