Joost Beuving

Phone: 024-361.2363
Fax: 024-361.1945
Postal address: P.O. Box 9104, 6500 HE Nijmegen
Visiting address: Thomas van Aquinostraat 4

Biographical note
Dr. Joost Beuving (MSc Wageningen University, PhD University of Amsterdam, 2006) received graduate training in tropical agronomy and social forestry. Following graduation he worked several years for the advocacy organization INZET in Amsterdam where he became interested in economic and social anthropology. He specialized in these fields when working as a (post) doctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam and the VU University.

Research interests
His main research interest is the study of everyday economic life, especially focusing on entrepreneurship and problematic debt. During the past fifteen years he carried out extensive ethnographic fieldwork in various African countries and in Europe. He published journal articles and book chapters on (African) entrepreneurship, Euro-African trade, and debt, and reviewed academic books on a variety of topics. His broader interest is methodological: with Geert de Vries he published the academic textbook The Craft of Naturalistic Inquiry (Amsterdam University Press, 2015). He is a member of the advisory editorial board of ‘Africa’ as well as editorial board member of the Dutch-Flemish journal ‘Kwalon’. He coordinates various research projects and supervises PhD students specialising in farmers’ economic behaviour (NUFFIC) and problematic debt (NISCS).

Congress Citizen Science 
In collaboration with Kwalon and the Context Network, I co-organize the congress ‘Citizens in social research? Methodology and practice of citizen science, participatory research and action-research. Date and Venue: September 30, University of Amsterdam. More information about the program can be found here.

In Nijmegen he teaches economic anthropology and development studies. He also supervises anthropological thesis projects (BA & MA). Earlier he designed and taught courses in anthropology, sociology and ethnographic research methods at VU, UvA, and at the Amsterdam University College.

Selected bibliography (first/single author, international)

  • Beuving, J. (2023). Theorizing Entrepreneurship for the Future: Stories of Global Frontiers. New York and Oxford: Berghahn.
  • Beuving, J. (2022). Vrijwilligerswerk in de knel van regelzuchtPlatform Vrijwillige Inzet (27 April).
  • Beuving, J. (2021). Problems of Evidence in Ethnography: A Methodological Reflection on the Goffman/Mead Controversies (With a Proposal for Rules of Thumb). Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 22(1), article 3567.
  • Beuving, J. (2020). Ethnography's Future in the Big Data Era. Information, Communication and Society 23(11): 1625-1639
  • Beuving, J. and De Vries, G. (2020). Teaching Qualitative Research in Adverse Times. Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences 13(1): 42-66.
  • Beuving, J. (2018). Contacts in a Box: Cell Phones, Social Relations, and Fieldwork in AfricaAfrican Studies.
  • Beuving, J. (2017). The anthropologist as jester, anthropology as jest? Social Anthropology 25(3): 353-363.​
  • Beuving, J. (2016). Ethnographies of marginality. Africa 86(1): 162-174.
  • Beuving, J. (2015). American Cars in Cotonou: Culture in African Entrepreneurship and the Making of a Globalising Trade. The Journal of Modern African Studies 53(3): 317-338.
  • Beuving, J. and De Vries, G. (2014). Doing Qualitative Research: The Craft of Naturalistic Inquiry. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Beuving, J. (2014). Local Careers and Mixed Fortunes in Africa's Globalizing Food Exports. The case of Nile perch from Lake Victoria, Uganda. In: Akinyoade, Y. et al. Digging Deeper: Inside Africa's Agtricultural, Food and Nutritional Dynamics. Leiden: Brill with the African Study Centre, pp. 157-177.
  • Beuving, J. (2014). Spatial Diversity in Small-scale Fishing: A Socio-cultural Interpretation of the Nile Perch Sector on Lake Victoria, Uganda, Journal of Economic and Social Geography. Doi:10.1111/tesg.12081.
  • Beuving, J. 2013. Chequered Fortunes in Global Exports: The Sociogenesis of African Entrepreneurship in the Nile Perch Business at Lake Victoria, Uganda. European Journal of Development Research 25 (4): 501-517. Doi:10.1057/ejdr.2013.28.
  • Beuving, J. (2013). Playing information games: Démarcheurs in the second-hand car markets of Cotonou, Benin. Social Anthropology 21(1): 2-22.
  • Beuving, J. (2010). Playing pool along the shores of Lake Victoria: Fishermen, careers and capital accumulation in the Ugandan Nile perch business. Africa 80(2): 224-248.
  • Beuving, J. (2006). Nigerien second-hand car traders in Cotonou: A sociocultural analysis of economic decision-making. African Affairs 105(420): 353-373.
  • Beuving, J. (2006). Lebanese traders in Cotonou: A socio-cultural analysis of economic decision-making and capital accumulation. Africa 76(3): 324-351.
  • Beuving, J. (2004). Cotonou's Klondike: African traders and second-hand car markets in Bénin. The Journal of Modern African Studies 42(4): 511-537.

Publications: Overview
Function: Lecturer and researcher
Department: Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University