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) who studies the complexity and ethics of corporations, financial systems, and the humans interacting with them. She is a Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and the Qualitative Lead on The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd. She is an Early Career Research Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and a previous Fellow of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Development Finance.

Bridget’s research engages the global wealth spectrum, from large (annual revenue above USD $1 billion) family businesses through The Ownership Project, to Islamic finance/microfinance institutions serving the world’s poorest. Previously she lived in Dhaka and in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh for 24 months, researching whether Islamic microfinance was delivering on its social justice goals. This project further involved her working in an Islamic microfinance provider in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and conducting research at the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Her upcoming research is an anthropological examination of (1) the governance mechanisms, investing goals, and wealth management aspirations of single and multi-family offices, and (2) large (revenue above USD $1 billion) family businesses in the Middle East.

Bridget has received research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion, among others. She has consulted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor division, and Islamic Relief Worldwide. She has held a residency at the Berlin Centre for Social Science Research (WZB), and taught at Johns Hopkins University; SOAS-University of London; and Saïd Business School, where she has developed Executive Education curricula for family enterprises and next gens. She taught Racial Capitalism to the School’s MBA 2020/21 cohort, based on her work at both ends of the global wealth spectrum.

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

  • 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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