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Congratulations to our summer 2021 Anthropology graduates!

The Anthropology Department would like to congratulate each and every one of our 2021 graduates on their degree results.
Students at graduation

New Sleep Training Article featuring Prof. Helen Ball

"The Promise and Peril of a High-Priced Sleep Trainer" - Professor Helen Ball features in a new article on sleep training featured in the New Yorker
baby with mother looking over them

The impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in UK Higher Education Institutions

Durham University's Mothers and Mothers-to-be Network (MAMS) has launched a research report: "The impact of Covid-19 on mothers working in UK Higher Education Institutions". The research was led by Anthropology's Fire Kovarovic and other members of the MAMS network from across the university including Michelle Dixon (RIS), Nicole Westmarland and Kirsten Hall (both from Sociology).
infographic depicting the statistic it was impossible for 81% to work uninterrupted with their children home

In memoriam: Dr Iain Edgar 1948 - 2021

The Anthropology Department at Durham is sorry to announce the death of Dr Iain Edgar, a dearly loved colleague and friend.
photo of Iain Edgar

Prof. Jo Setchell features in 'Not a Pet Episode 2: Primates'

Professor Jo Setchell, from Durham Anthropology features in episode two of the series 'Not a Pet: Primates'. The series, produced by WaterBear, looks at the ille­gal wildlife pet trade, and the role social media plays in the parad­ing and trad­ing of exot­ic ani­mals online.
Not a Pet: Primates

'Out of Thin Air: Running wisdom and magic from above the clouds in Ethiopia' Book Launch

We were delighted to host the launch of Dr Michael Crawley's new book 'Out of Thin Air: Running wisdom and magic from above the clouds in Ethiopia', yesterday in the Anthropology Department.
Book cover featuring runners in Ethiopia subtitled 'Running wisdom and magic from above the clouds in Ethiopia.

COP26 Universities Network: Transition to post-carbon economy must be inclusive

A group of academic experts, including Durham University Anthropology's Professor Simone Abram, calls for more attention to the justice implications of the transition to a post-carbon economy.
Exterior of the Dawson Building on the Durham University campus

Congratulations to our summer 2020 graduates!

Congratulations to our Anthropology graduate class of 2020.
Student procession in graduation gowns

#BalanceforBetter: A royal celebration of Women, Peace and Security

Two of our leading researchers celebrated International Women’s Day at an event in Buckingham Palace to mark 20 years of Women, Peace and Security. Dr Catherine Turner, from Law, and Professor Nayanika Mookherjee, from Anthropology, are seeking to speed up gender balance and raise women’s voices in the area of international peace and security.
Exterior of the Dawson Building on the Durham University campus

Royal Honour for baby and parent sleep research

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have presented the UK’s highest academic honour to Durham University for research that has helped to shape the way babies sleep and how parents care for them at night time.
Receiving award at Buckingham Palace

Research that helps parents and babies sleep better gets Royal approval

Research that has helped to shape the way babies sleep and how parents care for them at night-time has been given the Royal seal of approval. The Parent-Infant Sleep Lab at Durham University has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education - the highest accolade for any academic institution and part of the national honours system in the United Kingdom.
Sleeping baby

New guidelines on co-sleeping with babies empower parents to make informed choices

New guidance on co-sleeping with babies, based on advice from Durham University’s Parent-Infant Sleep Lab and other experts in the field, clarifies the association between co-sleeping and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) to help parents understand the potential risks.
Couple laid in bed with baby