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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

NameTelephoneEmailResearch Interests
Professor Simone Abram 42871
  • Energy and Society
  • Inhabitation and Property
  • Practices of Public Participation
Prof Catherine Alexander 41622 -
Prof Helen L. Ball 41602 Contact Helen L. Ball
  • Integration of evolutionary and socio-cultural perspectives on anthropology of infant sleep
  • How parents cope with infant-related sleep distruption
  • Development of sleep patterns and circadian rhythms
  • Human behaviour: parenting, infant care, infant mortality, SIDS, infanticide
  • Behaviour and physiology of infant sleep
  • Midwifery and postnatal care
  • Evolutionary medicine
Prof Robert A. Barton 41603 Contact Robert A. Barton
  • Behavioural ecology and sociobiology
  • Comparative studies of brain size and structure in relation to behavioural ecology
  • Evolution of mamalian reproductive traits
  • Primate evolution and behaviour
Professor Sandra Bell 43311
  • Environmental anthropology
  • European wetlands
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Socio-technical systems of energy
  • Western Buddhism
Prof Gillian Bentley 41114
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Early life development and later life health
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Overweight/obesity and child health
  • Reproductive ecology
Prof Alan Bilsborough 41625
  • Human evolution, especially the functional basis for cranial diversity in early hominids and the reconstruction of evolutionary patterns
  • The interaction of social and biological variables in human biology, with particular reference to patterns of nutrition and disease
Dr Hannah Brown 40244
  • Community-Based Health Care
  • East Africa, Kenya
  • Epidemics (especially HIV/AIDS and VHFs)
  • Global Health and Development
  • Health Governance
  • Hospitals
  • Human animal relations
  • Science
  • West Africa, Sierra Leone
  • Work and Management
Dr Trudi Buck 40254
  • Applications of geometric morphometrics to human evolution
  • Biological anthropology from material culture
  • Early human migrations
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Public engagement with science and anthropology
  • The evolution of human craniofacial diversity
Dr Ben Campbell 41621
  • Biotechnology and post-agrarian rural economies
  • Conservation and social justice
  • Culture and sustainability
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Food cultures
  • Indigenous knowledge and development
  • Low carbon energy transitions
  • Nepal and Himalayas
  • South Asia and social theory
Prof Michael B. Carrithers 41634 Contact Michael B. Carrithers
  • Narrative as a form of social and cultural understanding
  • Nature of publics and public sphere
  • Sociality
  • Theories of interaction, dialogism and mutualism, activity theory
  • Rhetoric and culture
  • Rhetoric of photography
  • East Germany
Dr Yulia Egorova 41598
  • Anthropology of Jewish communities
  • Anthropology of science
  • Jewish-Muslim relations
Professor Sarah Elton 40241
  • Ecology, palaeobiology and palaeoecology
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Functional morphology
  • Old World monkey biogeography
  • Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution
  • Primate locomotion
Dr Paolo Fortis 43309
  • Aesthetics
  • Amerindian societies
  • Anthropology of art
  • Myth and history
  • Panama
  • Personhood
  • Shamanism
  • Social change
Professor Kate Hampshire 43313
  • child and adolescent health
  • Critical medical anthropology
  • digital technologies and health
  • livelihoods, poverty and food security
  • pastoralists and other mobile populations
  • pharmaceuticals and other medicines
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (especially West Africa)
  • trust, uncertainty and risk
Professor Russell Hill 41601 Contact Russell Hill
  • Primate Behaviour and Ecology
  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Felid Behaviour and Ecology
  • Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflict
Dr Jeremy Kendal 41630
  • Social transmission and population dynamics
Dr Rachel Kendal (nee Day) 41627
  • Social Learning
  • Behavioural Innovation
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Cumulative Culture
  • Applications to Welfare, Conservation & Science Communication
Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou 40680
  • Gender
  • Greece
  • Identity
  • Politics
  • Migration and Refugee Issues
Dr Kris (Fire) Kovarovic 41628
  • African Plio-Pleistocene palaeoecology
  • Early hominin environments and methods for reconstructing habitats
  • Faunal community ecology
  • Mammalian functional morphology (particularly ungulates)
  • Tracing environmental change
Prof Robert H. Layton 41636 Contact Robert H. Layton
  • Anthropology and archaeology of art
  • Evolution of social behaviour
  • Indigenous rights
  • Social change, especially among French and Chinese villagers, and Native Australians
Professor Stephen M. Lyon 41597
  • Conflict resolution, political and legal anthropology
  • Cultural Systems
  • Kinship and Social Networks
  • Pakistan
  • Islam
  • Computing and Anthropology
Prof Ann MacLarnon Contact Ann MacLarnon
  • Ecological physiology
  • Behavioural endocrinology
  • Adaptation and stress
  • Sociality and stress
  • Evolution of human speech breathing control
Professor Jane Macnaughton 48164 -
Dr Nayanika Mookherjee 43296
  • Anthropology of politics, state, violence, memory, and human rights
  • Gendered violence during wars
  • Aesthetics, affective apparatus (museums, memorials), senses and the nation-state
  • Political kinship and transnational adoption
  • Ethics
  • South Asia
Dr David O'kane Contact David O'kane -
Dr Tessa M. Pollard 41623
  • Evolutionary perspectives on 'western' diseases
  • Lifestyle, inequalities and cardiovascular diseases / type 2 diabetes
  • The health of migrant populations in the UK, especially in relation to South Asians
  • Early life influences on health (e.g. the thrifty phenotype) in relation to populations in transition
  • Stress and health
Professor Gina Porter 41596
  • Children and young people
  • Gendered mobilities
  • Market institutions
  • Mobile phones/ICTs
  • Older people's mobility
  • Participatory methodologies
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Transport, mobility and social exclusion
Dr Ian Rickard 40246
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Human biology
  • Individual variation
  • Life history theory
  • Natural selection
Dr Andrew J. Russell 43312
  • Medical anthropology
  • Tobacco (its use and control)
Professor Jo Setchell 41633
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Primate Conservation
  • Primate socioecology
  • Reproductive strategies
  • Secondary sexual traits and signalling in males and females
  • Socioendocrinology
  • Primate behavioural ecology
  • Sexual selection
  • Life history strategies and phenotypic plasticity
  • Ethnoprimatology
Prof Paul Sillitoe 41632
  • Development and social change
  • Economic anthropology and tribal socio-political orders
  • Environmental anthropology and natural resources management
  • Human ecology and ethnosciences
  • Indigenous knowledge and participating development
  • Livelihood and technology
  • Melanesia and South Asia
Professor Bob Simpson 41619
  • Death and Donation
  • Tissue economies [as these relate to organs, gametes and embryos]
  • 'Human subject research' and the ethics of experimentation involving humans
  • Comparative bioethics
  • Kinship and the new reproductive and genetic technologies
  • Kinship, divorce, and relationship breakdown in Western societies
  • Narrative and biography
  • Sri Lanka, ritual tradition and performance
Dr Duncan Stibbard Hawkes 41603
  • Honest Signalling Theory
  • Hunting, Food-Sharing, Cooperation and Collective Action
  • Egalitarianism and Hierarchy
  • Reputation and Image Scoring
  • Incest Aversions and the Westermarck Hypothesis​
  • Cooperative Breeding and the Eusociality Continuum
  • Poisons, Ranged Weapons and Hunting Technology
Prof Veronica Strang
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Materiality
  • Water
  • Interdisciplinarity
Dr Sally Street 41604
  • Macro-evolutionary anthropology
  • Phylogenetic comparative methods
  • Technical skill: music, tool use, construction
  • Human/animal interactions
Dr Jamie Tehrani 41631
  • Cultural evolution
  • Phylogenetic analysis of culture
  • Social learning
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • Oral traditions
  • Material culture
  • Fairy tales
Dr Cecilia Tomori 40750
  • Biocultural aspects of breastfeeding and sleep
  • Social and historical aspects of childbirth and infant care
  • Kinship
  • Personhood
  • Reproduction
  • Political economy and health inequities
Dr Tom Widger 41600
  • Anthropology & chemistry
  • Suicide, self-harm, ethnopsychiatry
  • Cognition, cultural transmission, social learning
  • Charity, philanthropy, CSR, development
  • Religion, nationalism, politics
  • Pesticides, agrochemicals, and their human and environmental impacts
  • Chemical body burden, biomonitoring, medical and eco toxicology
  • Purity/danger; pollution/risk
  • Global health
  • Sri Lanka & South Asia
Dr Thomas Yarrow 41624
  • Activism
  • Development knowledge and practice
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Intersections between Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Life history and personal narrative
  • NGOs and Civil Society
  • Space and Place
  • The social construction of policy knowledge
  • West Africa