Research in the Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Inter-Disciplinary Anthropology (CRESIDA) covers a diverse range of topics, including health and well-being, human-animal relations, tourism, human ecology, primate morphology and behaviour. In addition to work situated within evolutionary or social anthropology and at the interface of these sub-fields, our research projects transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries - bringing new anthropological approaches and thinking to areas such as public health, wildlife conservation, astrobiology, linguistics and psychiatry. Our work has significant impacts within and outside academia, and we are committed to ensuring that the benefits of our research are realised in the wider world. CRESIDA has a strong and vibrant research environment, and we warmly welcome enquiries from prospective research students and postdocs.
Addiction to prescribed drugs
Dr James Davies is a member of the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (http://prescribeddrug.org/) - a group he helped to co-found. Research undertaken by Dr Davies and Dr Todd Rae into the prevalence and costs of unnecessary long-term psychiatric prescribing in the UK, was presented by Dr Davies to the CEO of Public Health England in Oct 2017. As a result of this and other APPG activities, the Government agreed to undertake the first national review into the nature, scale and policy solutions for prescribed drug dependence. The government review was officially launched on Jan 24th 2018 and was widely covered in the national press: BBC, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Times, Telegraph.