Steven Sampson

Professor emeritus

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Steven Sampson, prof. emeritus in social anthropology, has done research on socialist bureaucracy and the post-socialist transition in Romania, and on civil society development, democracy export and NGOs in Southeastern Europe. For older publications (pre-2003), see my website, Steven Sampson Romania anthropology texts at

His later research has focused on corruption and anticorruption, and the rise of the anticorruption 'industry' with its particular discourses and practices. He is presently writing up ethnographic research on ethics and compliance in the private sector, and how business ethics attempts to fight corruption and unethical practices.

Recent publications include 'The anti-corruption industry: from movement to institution" in Global Crime, 'The Right Way: the training of ethics and compliance officers', J. of Business Anthropology,  editing of a special issue of the Journal of Business Anthropology on business ethics, and co-editor of an anthology on NGOs called Cultures of Doing Good: The Anthropology of NGOs (Alabama Press, 2017).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Anthropology

Free keywords

  • compliance, corruption, anti-corruption, business ethics, Romania, NGOs, civil society,
  • Romanian society
  • Eastern Europe
  • Balkans
  • business ethics


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  • Anne Knudsen som socialantropolog

    Translated title of the contribution: Anne Knudsen as social anthropologistSampson, S., 2022 Jun 10, (Accepted/In press) 2 p. Copenhagen : Antropologforening i Danmark.

    Research output: Other contributionMiscellaneousPopular science

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  • Efterskrift: Anne Knudsen som socialantropolog

    Translated title of the contribution: Postscript: Anne Knudsen as social anthropologistSampson, S., 2022 Apr 21, Weekendavisen, 16, p. 12-12 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperNewspaper article

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  • Fia attent (Watch out!): Surveillance and Intimacy in Ethnographic Research

    Sampson, S., 2022 May 22, (Unpublished) p. 1-15. 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper, not in proceedingpeer-review

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  • Involved and Detached: Emotional Management in Fieldwork

    Sampson, S. & Hedlund, A., 2022 Jun 1, (Accepted/In press) The Entanglements of Ethnographic Fieldwork in a Violent World. Weiss, N., Green, L. & Grassiani, E. (eds.). Routledge, p. 114-137 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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  • NGOs, NGO-ing, and NGO-graphy in Serbia

    Sampson, S., 2022, In: Focaal. 2022, 93, p. 112-118 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

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