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Durham University

Department of Anthropology


Dr Janelle Wagnild, BS Applied Human Biology, MSc Evolutionary Medicine, PhD Biological Anthropology

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About me

I am a Teaching Fellow in the Anthropology of Health and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantitative Methods. 

I was awarded my PhD in 2019 for a thesis entitled 'Sedentary time during pregnancy and gestational diabetes risk: a mixed methods approach among women in the UK'. The main aim of the project, which was funded by the Durham Doctoral Studentship, was to test associations between objectively measured sedentary time during pregnancy, as well as time spent in two specific sedentary behaviours (television time and occupational sitting time) with incident gestational diabetes, glucose levels, and other pregnancy-related outcomes. The study also used semi-structured interviews to explore the social context of sedentary time during pregnancy. 

Prior to beginning my PhD, I completed an MSc Evolutionary Medicine with Distinction in 2015, also at Durham University. I earned my undergraduate degree in Applied Human Biology from Seattle Pacific University in 2013.

Research Interests

  • Advanced quantitative methods
  • Sedentary time
  • Physical activity
  • Pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Medical anthropology
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Human reproductive ecology
  • Evolutionary biology


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Selected Grants

  • 2015: Durham Doctoral Studentship

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