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Department of Anthropology


Anthropology Durham REF2014 Impact Case Study makes the Top 20!!

Congratulations to Gina Porter and Kate Hampshire whose REF2014 Impact Case Study is in the top 20 most impressive examples of UK research contributing to development. These were selected from the 6,975 case studies submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and re-written into shorter, more engaging stories.

(25 Sep 2015)

UNGA Resolution on Conflict Ivory

Kate Nowak, Research Fellow in Anthropology has written an open to the UN General Assembly which has gone live on the National Geographic website. 


Kate is proposing a UNGA resolution on "conflict ivory" analogous to the one on conflict diamonds given accumulated evidence that the sale of ivory from poached elephants is helping finance violence and armed conflicts in Africa. 


To read the letter click here  

(23 Sep 2015)

Have We Become Too Ethical? -- Managing vulnerability in human subject research

Monday 9 November
9:00 until 18:00
University of Sussex Conference Centre, Bramber House

Over the last two decades ethical review by committee has become compulsory for all UK-funded research involving human subjects. It aims to prevent harm from biomedical research.

Concern: When is ethics review too constrictive and when too permissive?

Aim: To formulate the basis for feasible, fair and effective ethical review at home and in transnational collaborative research


Well-known experts in the field of social science research ethics and research funderswill debate:

  • Contextual factors in ethical review
  • Competence of reviewers of human subject research
  • Informed consent


Organised by:

Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner (, Department of Anthropology in Sussex and Bob Simpson (, Department of Anthropology, Durham. For administrative information: Linda Allan (


Registration and Programme TO BE ANNOUNCED!!! For more information click here

(22 Sep 2015)

Durham Anthropology Student's 'Ultimate Hell Week'

3rd year Anthropology undergraduate Michael Miller is currently starring in BBC2’s 'Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week’. He was given a concession to sit his exams in August so that he could take part in the filming during the summer. Episode 3 is on Sunday 13th September. Catch up with his progress on BBC iPlayer

(8 Sep 2015)

Got a great relationship? You may want to thank your prehistoric grandmother

In her latest article in The Conversation, Dr Jo Setchell, Durham Anthropologist, discusses a new study which finally gives grandparents the credit they deserve by arguing that long-term relationships actually evolved thanks to grandmothers helping out with kids in prehistoric times.

To read Jo's article click here

(8 Sep 2015)

Postgraduate Scholarship now available!

In partnership with Haringey Council, a student bursary is available for the MSc in Energy and Society. The bursary covers UK/EU fees plus an amount to cover expenses for dissertation research towards Haringey’s carbon reduction and inequality goals. Dissertation topics should be developed in dialogue with Haringey and their local partners. The actual project undertaken will be developed with guidance from course tutors and in dialogue with Haringey council.

Applicants for the bursary should hold an offer of a place on the MSc Energy and Society, for October 2015. If you do not already have an offer, please apply via the university’s online application website at

Bursary applications should use this outline and be submitted by 18th September 2015 as email attachments to:

For further information about Haringey Carbon Commission, see: and

Priority will be given to applicants resident in the borough of Haringey.

(7 Sep 2015)

Copying varies cross-culturally: People from China rely more on other people’s solutions to complex tasks than people from the UK

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Durham University recognised for advancing gender equality

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