Public anthropology is a subfield of anthropology that focuses on applying anthropological knowledge and methods to real-world problems and challenges and on engaging with the public and policymakers to promote understanding and dialogue about cultural and social issues. Public anthropologists often work outside of academia, in settings such as government agencies, NGOs, and community organizations. They may conduct research on issues such as health, education, human rights, development, and the environment and may use their findings to inform public policy and practice. Public anthropology emphasizes the importance of collaboration and partnership with the communities being studied and the need to make anthropological knowledge accessible and relevant to a wider audience.
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