Record success in QS World Subject Rankings
Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th
A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.
Men's testosterone levels largely determined by childhood environment
Co-authored by Durham Anthropology's Prof Gillian Bentley, a Durham University-led study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution suggests that men who grow up in more challenging conditions where there are lots of infectious diseases, for example, are likely to have lower testosterone levels in later life than those who spend their childhood in healthier environments.
To read the study in full please click the link below:
And visit the links below for recent press coverage of the study:
Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC)
DurhamARCTIC is a doctoral training centre at Durham University, funded by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust to support Interdisciplinary Understanding for a Changing Arctic (DS-2017-070). Between 2018 and 2023 DurhamARCTIC is supporting 15 doctoral students at Durham University, each of whom is pursuing a research project that contributes to and benefits from a blend of disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary enquiry.
Laidlaw Scholarship for Undergraduate Students
Opportunities for funded research placements in the department, see link for further information:
“Our Lives with Electric Things”: Durham anthropologists publish a new collection of writing to extend the energy humanities.
Inspired by a Wenner-Gren funded workshop held at Durham in 2016, this new collection has been published in the Cultural Anthropology journal series ‘Theorizing the Contemporary’. The full collection includes 51 contributions, whose authors reflect on our lives with electric things, using electric artefacts to generate novel ethnographic insights.
Editor Professor Simone Abram says, ‘This collection is an inspiration for anthropologists and others to rethink how we live with electricity and reconsider the possibilities and limits of life with electric things’. With three co-editors from Edinburgh and Copenhagen, the collection covers electric fictions, backups, infrastructures, electric sustenance, electric air and more, making up 17 themes.
‘We are excited to bring together anthropologists from around the world to think about such pressing issues and invite readers to enjoy the collection and the inspiration it offers’ adds Prof Abram.
The collection can be read at:
Modern Energy Cooking Services
Dr Ben Campbell (Anthropology department) has been funded for one year project by Modern Energy Cooking Services to conduct research on 'Positioning Biogas for Modern Energy Cooking Services'.
(26 Apr 2019) » More about Modern Energy Cooking Services
Chancellor's Medal Recipient 2019
Congratulations to Professor Robert Layton, Department of Anthropology, who is the 2019 recipient of the Chancellor's Medal. Professor Layton will receive his award at the Celebrating Excellence dinner on Monday, 29 April.
(22 Mar 2019)
Chimpanzees can sniff out strangers
Chimpanzees’ sense of smell is more sophisticated than we thought with a new study showing that our closest relatives use their noses to smell danger.
The study shows that chimpanzees can smell who is a stranger and who is part of their family.
It was previously thought that they relied more heavily on their eyes than on their noses.
Knowing who is in their inner circle helps the chimps to not only spot a suitable ally but also avoid mating with close relatives or attacking their own offspring.
Who carried out the research?
Professor Jo Setchell from the Department of Anthropology at Durham University who is an expert in primate behaviour and Dr Stefanie Henkel from the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutional Anthropology in Germany.
Where is the research published?
In the Royal Society Proceedings B. You can also see it in Durham Research Online.
Find out more
- Read the research paper
- Have a look at studying in Anthropology
- Work of our Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research (BEER) Centre
- Come and work for us as a researcher – take a look at our vacancies
(24 Oct 2018)
Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Powering the Planet Oct 28-29 2017
A hundred and forty two people from twenty countries attended this two day symposium at Durham. It was the fifth such symposium to be organised on behalf of the Energy Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists Participants were drawn from a range of academic disciplines engaged in energy research as well as representatives from industry and third sector organisations. The Saturday programme for the first day of speakers and discussion panel is now available online (see below). The first day also featured twelve organisations with stands and publicity materials. These included two anthropology consultancies from Scandinavia; the EASA Energy Ethics Network; Low Carbon Energy for Development; Mygrid; Energethics and Access for Women in Energy. Sunday featured five well attended workshops located across the Durham campus, covering energy and development, corporate responsibility, local history and careers for anthropologists beyond the academy.
Thanks to all those at Durham who helped make the event such a success and to our several sponsors see http://www.applied-anthropology.com/organisers/
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