Lotta Björklund Larsen

Lotta Björklund Larsen has been researching the formal, informal and perhaps even “abnormal” economy for twenty years. She finds taxation an extremely exciting issue situated at the nexus of individual choices, market economy and governmental regulations. Through her work engaging with tax avoiders, large corporations and the Swedish Tax Administration – both as a researcher and educator – she has paved the way for a global anthropology of taxation.

Lotta is a Research Fellow at University of Exeter Business School. She holds a PhD and Associate Professorship in Social Anthropology. In her pre-academic career, she worked with financial derivative software for 13 years; implementing, developing and educating users at banks.

Her recent publications includeFair Share of Tax: A Fiscal Anthropology of Contemporary Sweden. Palgrave Macmillan 2018. [https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319697710] and Shaping Taxpayers. Values in action at the Swedish Tax Agency. Berghahn Books 2017. (Podcast in New Books Network https://newbooksnetwork.com/lotta-bjorklund-larsenshaping-taxpayers-values-in-action-at-the-swedish-tax-agency-berghahn-books-2017/] and Editorial: How should we theorize algorithms? Five common tropes in analyzing algorithmic normativities (with Francis Lee) Big Data & Society https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2053951719867349

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