Bridget Kustin

Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead, The Ownership Project

  • Bridget.Kustin@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Bridget is an economic anthropologist (PhD, Johns Hopkins University) and Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Her research, teaching, and employment over the past 16 years focuses on inequality and social justice in global contexts, particularly South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, UK, and the US.

Bridget's work includes doctoral research on power structures, compliance practices, and cultural attitudes towards uncertainty that shape the global Islamic finance sector (including nearly two years of fieldwork in Bangladesh with the Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd). She has conducted academic research on both ends of the inequality spectrum, from financial inclusion for the world’s poorest via Islamic microfinance, to the cultures, values, and practices of global family-owned businesses with revenues above USD 1 billion, and what this means for their companies and ESG (environmental, social, governance) practices.

Bridget’s academic interests also focus on the wealth management sector, family offices, and innovative ownership and corporate governance structures.

As the Qualitative Research Lead on the Ownership Project, Bridget is overseeing a team of research assistants analysing qualitative and quantitative data that she and colleagues have collected pertaining to billion-dollar family businesses.

As an Early Career Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Bridget is linking her anthropological fieldwork on the ownership practices of the world’s wealthiest to issues of inter-generational poverty and dispossession. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University, SOAS-University of London, and at Saïd Business School - mostly recently teaching Racial Capitalism to the entire MBA class in 2021.

Bridget has worked and held research appointments in Bangladesh, Germany, India, Pakistan, the UK, and the US, and conducted academic research in 15 additional countries. She has held consultancies and fellow positions with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Economic Forum, and Islamic Relief Worldwide, and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is on the Advisory Board of Millionaires for Humanity, and IDEA (Increasing Diversity in Enterprising Activities), which is part of the Enterprising Oxford Initiative. She is a Research Associate at St Benet’s Hall. Bridget speaks Bangla and is learning Italian.


Business in times of crisis(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
  • Mary Johnstone-Louis,
  • Bridget Kustin,
  • Colin Mayer,
  • Judith Stroehle,
  • Boya Wang

Islamic financing principles and their application to microfinance(opens in new window)

  • Chapter
  • Islamic Microfinance Shari'ah Compliant and Sustainable?
  • Ajaz Ahmed Khan,
  • Bridget Kustin,
  • Khalid Khan

Rationality, risk, uncertainty, and Islamic finance(opens in new window)

  • Chapter
  • Beyond Neoliberalism: Social Analysis after 1989
  • Bridget Kustin

Ethnographic approaches to understanding client versus institutional priorities for Islamic microfinance in Bangladesh.

  • Chapter
  • Islamic Finance and Development
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