Durham University M Phil

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Durham University M Phil

The MPhil Anthropology is a one year full-time course of supervised research. You can also register to study for this qualification part-time. In this case the length of your course will be at least twice the length for full-time study.

Research students work closely with a supervisory team to undertake a substantial piece of research which must be written up in the form of a thesis. In addition, research students are required to undertake research training, provided by both the university and the department.

‘The 2D:4D ratio and social behaviour in female chacma baboons: Dominance, aggression, affiliation and interest in infants’ (Caroline Howlett, 2013)

‘Ethnic identity, political identity and ethnic conflict: simulating the effect of congruence between two identities on ethnic violence and conflict’ (Daniel Wigmore-Shepherd, 2013)

‘Recording the senses, playing with perceptions. Can an anthropologist learn anything from learning to make a film?’ (Steve Wilson, 2013)

‘Electric car cultures: An ethnography of the everyday use of electric vehicles in the UK’ Joanne Brady (2011)

‘Emotional social networks and interpersonal communication of emerging adults’ Peter Tomlin (2010)

‘The ‘Got Milk’ project: The timing of Lactogenesis Phasell: The impact of mother-infant proximity’ (2009)

‘The ‘retention in randomised control trials (RRCT)’ project’ Dawn Mee (2009)

Course Requirements

To be admitted to do a research degree you must show that you have appropriate training to work independently (with academic guidance from your supervisor) at this level. This will normally involve both an undergraduate degree at upper second or first class level and a supportive references. The department will also need to be satisfied that your proposed research is viable and that we are able to provide appropriate supervision and resources.

Academic Staff

NameTelephoneEmailResearch Interests
Dr Simone Abram42871simone.abram@durham.ac.uk
  • Energy and Society
  • Inhabitation and Property
  • Local Planning
  • Practices of Public Participation
Prof Catherine Alexander41622catherine.alexander@durham.ac.uk
Prof Helen L. Ball41602h.l.ball@durham.ac.uk
  • Behaviour and physiology of infant sleep
  • Child sleep and obesity
  • Development of sleep patterns and circadian rhythms
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Human behaviour: parenting, infant care, infant mortality, SIDS, infanticide
  • Midwifery and postnatal care
  • Infant feeding and sleeping
Prof Robert A. Barton41603Contact 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 Bell43311sandra.bell@durham.ac.uk
  • Environmental anthropology
  • European wetlands
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Socio-technical systems of energy
  • Western Buddhism
Prof Gillian Bentley41114g.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 Bilsborough41625alan.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 Brown40244hannah.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 Buck40254t.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 Campbell41621ben.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. Carrithers41634Contact 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 Egorova41598yulia.egorova@durham.ac.uk
  • Anthropology of Jewish communities
  • Anthropology of science
  • Jewish-Muslim relations
Professor Sarah Elton40241sarah.elton@durham.ac.uk
  • Ecology, palaeobiology and palaeoecology
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Functional morphology
  • Old World monkey biogeography
  • Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution
  • Primate locomotion
Dr Paolo Fortis43309paolo.fortis@durham.ac.uk
  • Aesthetics
  • Amerindian societies
  • Anthropology of art
  • Myth and history
  • Panama
  • Personhood
  • Shamanism
  • Social change
Dr Kate Hampshire43313k.r.hampshire@durham.ac.uk
  • Africa
  • Demography
  • Health and disease
  • Human ecology
  • Livelihood strategies and security
  • Nomads, migrants and other mobile populations
  • Pastoralists
  • Sahel
Professor Russell Hill41601Contact Russell Hill
  • Primate Behaviour and Ecology
  • Predator-Prey Interactions
  • Felid Behaviour and Ecology
  • Conservation and Human-Wildlife Conflict
Dr Kara Hoover41628Contact Kara Hoover
Dr Jeremy Kendal41630jeremy.kendal@durham.ac.uk
  • Cultural evolution
  • Cultural niche construction
  • Gene-culture coevolution
  • Social learning
Dr Rachel Kendal (nee Day)41627rachel.kendal@durham.ac.uk
  • Social Learning
  • Behavioural Innovation
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Cumulative Culture
  • Applications to Welfare, Conservation & Science Communication
Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou40680elisabeth.kirtsoglou@durham.ac.uk
  • Gender
  • Greece
  • Identity
  • Politics
  • Migration and Refugee Issues
Dr Kris (Fire) Kovarovic41628kris.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. Layton41636Contact 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
Dr Stephen M. Lyon41597s.m.lyon@durham.ac.uk
  • Conflict resolution, political and legal anthropology
  • Cultural Systems
  • Kinship and Social Networks
  • Pakistan
  • Islam
  • Computing and Anthropology
Dr Claudia Merli43310claudia.merli@durham.ac.uk
  • Medical anthropology
  • Body and embodiment
  • Reproductive health
  • Thailand, Muslim minority
  • Female genital cutting
  • Male circumcision
  • Natural hazards, tsunami, catastrophes and religion
  • Ethnopsychiatry, anthropology of mental illness, PTSD
  • Culture-bound syndromes
Dr Nayanika Mookherjee43296nayanika.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. Pollard41623t.m.pollard@durham.ac.uk
  • 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
Dr Ian Rickard40246ian.rickard@durham.ac.uk
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Human biology
  • Individual variation
  • Life history theory
  • Natural selection
Dr Andrew J. Russell43312a.j.russell@durham.ac.uk
  • Medical anthropology
  • Tobacco (its use and control)
Professor Jo Setchell41633joanna.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 Sillitoe41632paul.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 Simpson41619robert.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
Prof Veronica Strangveronica.strang@durham.ac.uk
  • Environmental anthropology
  • Materiality
  • Water
Dr Jamie Tehrani41631jamie.tehrani@durham.ac.uk
  • Cultural evolution
  • Phylogenetic analysis of culture
  • Social learning
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • Oral traditions
  • Material culture
  • Fairy tales
Dr Thomas Yarrow41624t.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