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About Durham Cultural Evolution Research Centre

We are a highly interdisciplinary group of researchers using evolutionary models to study cultural change and diversity.

We apply cultural evolutionary methods to a wide variety of topics including cognition, innovation, social learning, technology, art, music, narrative, religion, sociality, language and communication. We have a growing interest in applying cultural evolutionary theory to current societal challenges such as understanding the spread of prosocial health behaviours and health conspiracies.
Our People
Exterior of Dawson building, Durham University

About Our Research

Our research involves observational studies, experiments, analyses of large secondary datasets, phylogenetic methods and mathematical modelling.  

We are a welcoming and outward-facing group, meeting regularly to discuss current topics and articles in cultural evolution in an informal, friendly environment. We welcome new members from a wide range of disciplines with interests that may intersect with the field of cultural evolution – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Director (Dr Sally Street) if you would like to join the group or just find out more about us.  

The Centre has strong links with the Cultural Evolution Society, of which Professor Rachel Kendal was president from 2018 to 2020.  

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If you have any questions about Durham Cultural Evolution Research Centre (DCERC), please contact us.

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Durham Cultural Evolution Research Centre (DCERC)

Durham University

Dawson Building

South Road

Durham, DH1 3LE

United Kingdom 


Tel. +44 (0)191 334 1630