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Description of research and teaching

Anni Kajanus is a specialist in the anthropology of China, her research focuses on morality, cooperation, competition and conflict; migration, education, gender and family. Her most recent research brings together methods and approaches from anthropology and psychology, to compare the social and cognitive development of children's cooperative behaviours and motivations in communities in China and the UK.

Current courses: Persons and Social Relations; Central Themes in Social and Cultural Anthropology; Bachelor's Seminar

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Univeristy of Helsinki

M.Sc., University of Amsterdam

BA, University of Kent


  • 5143 Social anthropology
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • China
  • Morality
  • Migration
  • Kinship
  • Personhood
  • Cooperation
  • Competition
  • Conflict
  • Culture and ontogeny
  • Education

Publications 2015 2019

Children’s fairness in two Chinese schools: A combined ethnographic and experimental study

Kajanus, A., McAuliffe, K., Warneken, F. & Blake, P. R., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 177, p. 282-296 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Chinese student migration, gender and family

Kajanus, A. E., 2015, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Overthrowing the first mountain: Chinese student migrants and the geography of power

Kajanus, A., 2015, In : Journal of current Chinese affairs. 44, 3, p. 79-102 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2014 2018

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 1 Editor of research journal
  • 1 Oral presentation

Helsinki Anthropology Friday Seminar Series

Sarah Green (Chair of organizing committee), Matti Aleksanteri Eräsaari (Speaker: Presenter), Susanne Brandtstädter (Speaker: Presenter), Angie Heo (Speaker: Presenter), Joel Lee Robbins (Speaker: Presenter), Melissa Demian (Speaker: Presenter), James Ferguson (Speaker: Presenter), Sahana Udupa (Speaker: Presenter), Cris Shore (Speaker: Presenter), Bruce Kapferer (Speaker: Presenter), Anni Elisa Kajanus (Speaker: Presenter), Catherine Alexander (Speaker: Presenter), Dace Dzenovska (Speaker: Presenter)
19 Jan 201814 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Who will yield? – Children’s understanding of dominance and prestige in China and in the UK

Anni Kajanus (Speaker)
2 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Competing interests, spatial disruptions and moral dilemmas - Intergenerational care in rural-urban labour migrant families in China

Anni Kajanus (Speaker)
16 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Intergenerational Care in Rural-Urban Labour Migrant Families in China

Anni Kajanus (Speaker)
23 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Social Anthropology (Journal)

Anni Kajanus (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal