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.
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CRESIDA's Jonathan Skinner wins the Ed Bruner Prize
Jonathan Skinner’s co-edited volume Leisure and Death: An Anthropological Tour of Risk, Death, and Dying has just been awarded the 2020 Ed Bruner prize – a prize awarded by the Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group, which is part of the American Anthropological Association. Leisure and Death explores how leisure practices are used to meditate upon—and mediate—life. Considering travellers who seek enjoyment but encounter death and dying, tourists who accidentally face their own mortality while vacationing, those who intentionally seek out pleasure activities that pertain to mortality and risk, and those who use everyday leisure practices like social media or dogwalking to cope with death, Leisure and Death delves into one of the most provocative subsets of contemporary cultural anthropology.
CRESIDA's Garry Marvin and a multi-university team have been awarded a £1.5 million grant from the Wellcome Trust
Signs stating ‘Do not feed the animals’ are ubiquitous in zoos, national parks and urban spaces. They stress that uncontrolled feeding by people can affect animal health, alter wild animal behaviour and create public hygiene and nuisance issues. However, humans appear to have a deep-rooted disposition to feed animals.
This project will look at our geological history and undertake a cross-cultural investigation to uncover the roots of animal feeding and critique the benefits/risks for all concerned. Particularly, it will test the hypothesis that animal domestication itself was driven by the human penchant for animal feeding and that this process is not just continuing but accelerating, with consequences for global human-animal-environmental health.
The interdisciplinary team is led by Professor Naomi Sykes, a zooarchaeologist from the University of Exeter, and brings together the University of Roehampton’s Professor Garry Marvin and other partners from the University of Reading and the National Museums Scotland. It includes experts in the fields of zooarchaeology, health and rural policy, feline osteology and comparative pathology, environmental geochemistry and anthropology. Garry will be responsible for the anthropological aspects of the project.