Maxim conducted his doctoral fieldwork along South Africa’s border with Zimbabwe, between 2006 and 2008, during acute economic and political troubles in Zimbabwe. His research focused on the border farms, their black workforces and their white landowners in this context of crisis, upheaval and displacement.
Since his PhD research, he has worked as the anthropologist on the British Museum’s comparative, collaborative ‘Money in Africa’ project, alongside historians and an economic historian. As part of this project, he has conducted research with central banks in Nigeria and Uganda, and with small businesspeople in Malawi.
Maxim's monograph, based on his PhD research, will be published in 2015 by the International African Institute and Cambridge University Press. It is entitled Zimbabwe's Migrants and South Africa's Border Farms: the roots of impermanence.