Department of Anthropology
Welcome to the Department of Anthropology
We are an integrated department offering an inclusive environment where staff work within and across disciplinary and sub-disciplinary boundaries.
The assessment of our work in REF 2021 attests to research excellence across Social Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology and Anthropology of Health, with world-leading impact and research environment.
Pioneering research in infant sleep safety
Our anthropologists have revolutionised research into infant sleep safety and helped reduce rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
We are a large, diverse department integrating Evolutionary, Social and Health Anthropology.
- We deliver top quality research with societal impact.
- We have world-leading expertise in energy use, global health, infant sleep, political anthropology, primatology and the evolution of cognition.
- We are one of the most diverse departments in the university in terms of the background of our staff and the number of women in research leadership roles.
- In the past REF cycle the Department won grant income from 41 funding bodies, including five Research Councils.
- We offer rigorous and comprehensive postgraduate research training.
Anthropology REF Impact Case Studies
Anthropology case studies.
Click below to read more about our case studies.
Mother-infant proximity in the postnatal period
Introducing survivor-led guidelines for recording testimonies of sexual violence during conflict
Changing approaches to infant sleep safety
Our three thematic subject groups enable development and exchange of knowledge and expertise. Staff and graduate students belong to one or more of these groups, as suited to their academic interests: Anthropology of Health, Evolutionary Anthropology, and Social Anthropology.
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The Department supports interdisciplinary research across several the University’s institutes, centres and research networks.
Members of the department are directors and co-directors of a number of University research centres:
- Cultural Evolution Research Centre
- Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics
- Research Methods Centre
- Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre
- Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research Centre
More information about our research, including research centres and institutes, projects and outreach, can be found below.
Durham Infancy and Sleep CentreThe Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre, headed up by Professor Helen Ball, is the home for a group of researchers examining various aspects of infant and child sleep and parenting behaviour.
Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research CentreThe Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Research Centre draws together a critical mass of leading researchers and integrates a diverse set of methodological expertise and disciplinary perspectives to enhance research and collaboration at the cutting edge of behaviour, ecology and evolution.