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Durham University

Department of Anthropology


Dr Charlotte Russell, BA, PhD

Sleep Lab Manager & Impact Evidence Manager in the Department of Anthropology
Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Sleep Lab

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Charlotte's research interests focus on the practical and theoretical application of evolutionary medicine to issues relating to childbirth and childhood, with special focus on the consequences of parent-infant separation. She also works on the translation of research evidence for public consumption, its role in influencing public behaviour, and in effecting change in policy and practice. 


Charlotte received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Durham in 2007, following a BA in Human Sciences in 2001. Her doctoral thesis focused on a craniometric analysis of British and Danish archaeological populations, while her undergraduate dissertation addressed issues relating to the use and knowledge of traditional (folk) and complementary medicines in a North Yorkshire village.

Charlotte joined the Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab (now DISC - the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre) in 2007 as NECOT (North-East Cot Trial) project manager. In 2011 Charlotte and Professor Helen Ball obtained ESRC follow-on funding to set up the Infant Sleep Information Source (ISIS) website, now known as Basis - the Baby Sleep Info Source. This website provides a means by which up-to-date, evidence-based information about infant sleep can be disseminated to parents and health-care professionals. We also have also developed an app to complement the website; educational materials; contribute widely to national and international policy development; and provide training sessions for HCPs and volunteers working with parents.

Charlotte currently holds a full-time research position in the Department of Anthropology, managing DISC; supervising student projects and lab staff; and pursuing her own research which complements the Centre's core themes of investigation.

Selected Publications

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Doctoral Thesis

  • Russell, C.K. (2006). Whence Came the English? Exploring relationships between the Iron Age, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon periods in Britain and Denmark: A craniometric biodistance analysis. Department of Anthropology. Durham University. PhD.

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