Combining strong teams of biological, social and medical anthropologists
This is one of the leading departments for broad based anthropology in the country. Durham Anthropology combines strong teams of biological, social and medical anthropologists together to deliver world class integrated research and teaching.
Ranked 35th in the QS World Rankings of Anthropology Departments and in the top 10% of our discipline nationally according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, with 74% of our research outputs judged to be world leading or internationally excellent, we are proud of our national and international reputation in producing research that drives important debates and has a meaningful impact on the world.
Anthropology aims to lead nationally and internationally in key research areas that build on existing broad based strengths in the Department. We are looking to expand our activities in the anthropology of: 1) primatology 2) global health 3) art and aesthetics and 4) energy and the environment.
With the expansion of field schools for all of our undergraduate students, we seek to integrate the entire Durham Anthropology community in the production of great research and graduates with the necessary skills to have a sustained positive impact on the world’s problems. New academic colleagues will join a growing department with a collaborative vision of how it can shape the future of anthropology in the UK and beyond.
Ranked in the top 10% of our discipline in the UK
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Durham Anthropology has expertise in 3 balanced, and overlapping sections: Evolutionary, Medical and Social Anthropology. This breadth of vision, combined with an ability to combine quantitative and qualitative approaches, makes us one of the leading anthropology departments in the UK. This vision is recognised internationally and increasingly emulated nationally.
Maintaining this identity, and establishing ourselves as the leading anthropology department in the UK will require us to balance critical mass equally across and between these 3 platforms. Each section is foundational to our undergraduate teaching where qualitative and quantitative approaches are combined across evolutionary, medical and social anthropology, and many modules integrate two or all three of these areas.
We are proud of the overlap between these three broad research groupings which are apparent in the membership of the smaller clusters and centres which all combine distinct and diverse academics specialists from Anthropology and other Durham Departments. Research in Anthropology contributes significantly to the Durham Energy Institute, the Durham Global Security Institute, the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, the Institute of Advanced Study, the Centre for the Study of Jewish Society, Culture and Politics, the Centre for the Co-evolution of Biology and Culture and other University research institutes and centres.
With more than 30 permanent academic faculty, Anthropology runs a large number of significant projects at all times. In the fields of Global Health and Primatology, Anthropology has a number of projects that concentrate on health and inequality and primate conservation in Sub Saharan Africa.
Kate Hampshire and Gina Porter have a well established track record of applied research on children, transportation and mobility that has profound implications for the health and well-being for communities.
Russell Hill’s Primate and Predator Project exemplifies the strengths of combining ambitious theoretical research with applied goals to generate meaningful change in primate conservation policies ).
We are proud of our Anthropology Field Station in South Africa that allows Department members to access a well maintained research environment for the study of animal-human interaction and primate conservation (durham.ac.uk/anthropology/fieldwork/field-station).
The Department boasts a world renowned Parent-Infant Sleep Lab that provides invaluable research on infancy and breastfeeding that has been adopted by the World Health Organization and the National Health Service of the UK (durham.ac.uk/sleep.lab). Our Physical Activity Lab explores health issues confronting people living in Britain and provides opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students to become involved in our research (durham.ac.uk/physical.activity.lab).
Anthropology is one of the largest anthropology departments in the UK. With more than 30 current permanent academic faculty, we are planning to grow to 38 within 3 years to enable us to achieve the ambitious research and teaching goals that we’ve laid out in our 10 year Vision for the department.
We are looking to maintain a healthy balance between Evolutionary, Medical and Social Anthropologists with a number of key faculty who have strong interests across these groups and the rest engaged in meaningful dialogue with specialists from the other areas. See our staff list here.