Spotlight on… Kirsten Bell

Position: Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Born in North Queensland in Australia, Kirsten completed her PhD in social anthropology at James Cook University in 2000 with a dissertation on Chondogyo, a new religious movement in South Korea. She worked in anthropology departments at the University of Northern Colorado in the Read More…

Spotlight on… James Davies

Position: Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health at the University of Roehampton Bio: James obtained his doctorate in social and medical anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a dissertation the construction of the psychotherapeutic practitioner. He is also a qualified psychotherapist and has practiced in various settings, including the NHS. James Read More…

Spotlight on… Stuart Semple

Position: Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Stuart completed his PhD in 1998 at the University of Sussex with a dissertation on the topic of female copulation calls in barbary macaques. After completing his doctorate, he held a research fellowship at the Institute of Zoology, London before joining Roehampton in 2002. Read More…

Spotlight on… Istvan Praet

Position: Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Born in Belgium, Istvan studied anthropology in Leuven. He then moved to the United Kingdom, where he obtained a doctorate in social anthropology from Oxford University in 2006 based on his research into conceptions and practices around shapeshifting amongst the Chachi – an indigenous Read More…

Spotlight on… Jonathan Skinner

Position: Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Jonathan completed his PhD in Social Anthropology in 1997 at the University of St Andrews, focusing on colonial relations on the British overseas territory Montserrat. He was there whilst the 1995 volcano crisis started and has looked at risk, tourism regeneration and development work Read More…

Spotlight on… Colette Berbesque

Position: Reader in Human Ecology at the University of Roehampton Bio: Born in the state of Indiana in the USA, Colette completed her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University in 2010 with a dissertation on sex differences in food preferences, eating frequency and dental attrition amongst the Hadza of Tanzania, one Read More…

HIV/AIDS & Global Health: HIV among older adults in South Africa

Our third year HIV/AIDS and Global Health module, which explores broader anthropological questions around HIV/AIDS, illness and healing, sexual and reproductive relationships, and global health. As part of the module students are required to design a HIV awareness poster or research proposal. This week, we are featuring a poster assignment by Hovnan Gulbenkian Eayrs on HIV among Read More…

Studying the effects of virtual substitutes for social interactions in a time of coronavirus

Human beings are social animals who rely heavily on face-to-face interactions and touch to deal with everyday stresses. Socially well-connected individuals are healthier, live longer and are generally less stressed. However, due to the social restrictions engendered by the Covid-19 pandemic, most people are suddenly cut off from physical contact with their friends and must Read More…