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… 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…

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…

Two CRESIDA staff win teaching awards

Dr Nadine Beckmann and Dr Colette Berbesque have both won inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, making CRESIDA the only centre in the University to have multiple staff members win awards. Dr Beckmann conducts research on HIV/AIDS and Islam; sexuality, reproduction and notions of morality and uncertainty in Zanzibar; and biopolitics and health Read More…