Bridget Kustin

Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead, Oxford Ownership Project, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Bridget Kustin is a Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead on the Oxford Ownership Project at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where she examines how family ownership of large private and publicly-held companies relates to the management, endurance, and stakeholder relationships of these companies across generations. As an economic anthropologist (PhD, Johns Hopkins University), Bridget's research more broadly focuses on the complexity and ethics of corporations, financial systems, and the humans interacting with them. She has engaged the breadth of the wealth spectrum globally, from large family-owned businesses (annual revenue above $1 billion), to Islamic (micro)finance in Bangladesh and Pakistan serving the world's poorest, to the poverty-alleviation efforts of the Islamic Development Bank. From 2010 to 2014, Bridget conducted 20 months of full-time ethnographic fieldwork with the Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd., primarily amongst rural and small town clients near the Myanmar border, supported by multiple fellowships, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. As a consultant, Bridget has undertaken qualitative and quantitative research in the field of Islamic microfinance and financial inclusion in Saudi Arabia, the UK, and Pakistan, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor division, Islamic Relief Worldwide, and the Oxford-Mars, Inc. Mutuality in Business programme. In October 2016, Bridget was appointed to the international board of the Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion to help shape research priorities and programming on financial issues pertaining to the world’s poorest. Bridget speaks Bangla, and has taught at Johns Hopkins University and SOAS University of London.