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Dr Duncan Stibbard-Hawkes

Assistant Professor (Research)

Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Anthropology


Research Profile

I am an evolutionary anthropologist and human behavioural ecologist, interested in hunter-gatherer egalitarianism, subsistance transition, and the use and abuse of signalling theory. I conduct fieldwork with the Hadza, a population in northern Tanzania who have traditionally subsisted through hunting and gathering.

I am a Leverhulme funded ECR research fellow and assistant professor in the department, investigating subsistance transition and the soceo-ecologocal correlates of forager egalitarianism. Between 2020-2022 I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on the 'Culture of Schooling' project in collaberation with Dr Coren Apicella (UPenn) investigating the impacts of Hadza engagemement with formal education. Between 2017-2019 I worked at Durham as a teaching fellow.

More information about my research interests and my work can be found in this interview.

Short Biography
  • 2020-Present: Assistant Professorship (Research), Durham University
  • 2019-2020: Honourary Fellowship, Durham University
  • 2017-2019: Teaching Fellowship, Durham University
  • 2012-2017: PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Cambridge, supervised by Frank Marlowe and Robert Attenborough
  • 2008-2011: BA/MA in Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Research interests

  • Forager Egalitarianism
  • Signalling Theory
  • Food Sharing
  • Hunter Gatherer Subsistence Ecology
  • Hunting Skill

Esteem Indicators

  • 2022: Editorial Board, Human Nature:


Chapter in book

Journal Article