The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) was founded in 1871, and with roots back to 1837. It’s the world’s longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology (the study of humankind) in its broadest and most inclusive sense. Its distinguished tradition of scholarship stretching back over more than 180 years.
RAI is committed to promoting the academic/student understanding of anthropology by regularly promoting the contribution of anthropology to public affairs. It publishes journals that circulate globally, with approximately 70% circulation outside the UK. They offer awards for outstanding scholarship and organizes lectures and conferences, in addition to managing a number of trust funds for research.