Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

NameTelephoneEmailResearch Interests
Professor Simone Abram 42871 simone.abram@durham.ac.uk
  • Energy and Society
  • Inhabitation and Property
  • Practices of Public Participation
Prof Catherine Alexander 41622 catherine.alexander@durham.ac.uk
  • Economic and political anthropology
  • Changing property regimes
  • Privatisation
  • Third / voluntary sector
  • wastes (including recycling)
  • Bureaucracy
  • Indeterminacy
  • Failure
  • Inequalities
  • Migration
  • Urban anthropology
  • Social/public housing
  • post-socialism
  • Middle East (Turkey)
  • Central Asia (Kazakhstan)
  • Britain
Prof Helen L. Ball 41602 h.l.ball@durham.ac.uk
  • 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
Professor Robert A. Barton 41603 r.a.barton@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 sandra.bell@durham.ac.uk
  • Environmental anthropology
  • European wetlands
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Socio-technical systems of energy
  • Western Buddhism
Prof Gillian Bentley 41114 g.r.bentley@durham.ac.uk
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Early life development and later life health
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Overweight/obesity and child health
  • Reproductive ecology
Prof Alan Bilsborough 41625 alan.bilsborough@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 hannah.brown@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 t.j.buck@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 ben.campbell@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 m.b.carrithers@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 yulia.egorova@durham.ac.uk
  • Anthropology of Jewish communities
  • Anthropology of science
  • Jewish-Muslim relations
Professor Sarah Elton 40241 sarah.elton@durham.ac.uk
  • Ecology, palaeobiology and palaeoecology
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Functional morphology
  • Old World monkey biogeography
  • Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution
  • Primate locomotion
Dr Paolo Fortis 43309 paolo.fortis@durham.ac.uk
  • Amerindian societies
  • Anthropology of art
  • Myth and history
  • Panama
  • Personhood
  • Shamanism
  • Social change
  • Temporality
Professor Kate Hampshire 43313 k.r.hampshire@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 r.a.hill@durham.ac.uk
  • Primate Behaviour and Ecology
  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Felid Behaviour and Ecology
  • Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflict
Dr Jeremy Kendal 41630 jeremy.kendal@durham.ac.uk
  • Social transmission and population dynamics
Dr Rachel Kendal (nee Day) 41627 rachel.kendal@durham.ac.uk
  • Social Learning
  • Behavioural Innovation
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Cumulative Culture
  • Applications to Welfare, Conservation & Science Communication
Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou 40680 elisabeth.kirtsoglou@durham.ac.uk
  • Gender
  • Greece
  • Identity
  • Politics
  • Migration and Refugee Issues
Dr Kris (Fire) Kovarovic 41628 kris.kovarovic@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 r.h.layton@durham.ac.uk
  • Anthropology and archaeology of art
  • Evolution of social behaviour
  • Indigenous rights
  • Social change, especially among French and Chinese villagers, and Native Australians
Prof Ann MacLarnon ann.m.maclarnon@durham.ac.uk
  • Ecological physiology
  • Behavioural endocrinology
  • Adaptation and stress
  • Sociality and stress
  • Evolution of human speech breathing control
Professor Jane Macnaughton 48164 jane.macnaughton@durham.ac.uk
  • Medical humanities
  • Embodied and emergent symptoms
  • Movement and health
  • Breath and breathlessness
  • Epistemologies of health research
Professor Nayanika Mookherjee 43296 nayanika.mookherjee@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 Tessa M. Pollard 41623 t.m.pollard@durham.ac.uk
  • Understanding the place of physical activities in everyday lives
  • Using ethnography to inform interventions
  • Walking and walking groups
  • Evolutionary perspectives on physical activity
  • The health of migrant populations
Professor Gina Porter 41596 r.e.porter@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 ian.rickard@durham.ac.uk
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Human biology
  • Individual variation
  • Life history theory
  • Natural selection
Dr Andrew J. Russell 43312 a.j.russell@durham.ac.uk
  • Medical anthropology
  • Tobacco (its use and control)
Dr Maurice Said 40251 maurice.said@durham.ac.uk -
Professor Jo Setchell 41633 joanna.setchell@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 paul.sillitoe@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 robert.simpson@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 Alice Stefanelli 40251 alice.stefanelli@durham.ac.uk
  • Civil society and participation
  • Expertise
  • Heritage
  • Intersection between anthropology and architecture
  • Mobility and infrastructure
  • Space, place and time
  • The state
  • Urban governance
Dr Edward (Jed) Stevenson 41597 jed.stevenson@durham.ac.uk
  • child development
  • hunger and thirst
  • mixed methods and epistemologies
  • socio-ecological change
  • social inequality
  • Ethiopia
  • Horn of Africa
Professor Veronica Strang veronica.strang@durham.ac.uk
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Materiality
  • Water
  • Interdisciplinarity
Dr Sally Street 41604 sally.e.street@durham.ac.uk
  • Macro-evolutionary anthropology
  • Phylogenetic comparative methods
  • Technical skill: music, tool use, construction
  • Human/animal interactions
Dr Amanda Tan amanda.tan@durham.ac.uk
  • Technical intelligence: tool use, object manipulation, extractive foraging
  • Social learning
  • Animal traditions and culture
  • Primate archaeology
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Evolutionary significance of coastal environments
Dr Jamie Tehrani 41631 jamie.tehrani@durham.ac.uk
  • Cultural evolution
  • Phylogenetic analysis of culture
  • Social learning
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • Oral traditions
  • Material culture
  • Fairy tales
Dr Cecilia Tomori 40750 cecilia.tomori@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 tom.widger@durham.ac.uk
  • 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 t.g.yarrow@durham.ac.uk
  • 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