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Dr Mhairi Gibson

Dr Mhairi Gibson

Dr Mhairi Gibson
B.A.(Dunelm.), M.Phil.(Cantab.), Ph.D.(U.C.Lond.)

Reader in Anthropology

43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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+44 (0) 117 954 6001
+44 (0) 117 954 6087

Summary

My anthropological research focuses on population and health issues by combining demographic methods with theoretical frameworks of human behavioural ecology. Based on long-term fieldwork in South Central Ethiopia I study the causes and consequences of population and health change among Arsi Oromo agropastoralists. I also work on the social dynamics of normative practices which are harmful to women and girls, by identifying the individual and community factors which explain the persistence of female genital cutting/mutilation and intimate partner violence in high-risk communities.

I welcome research proposals, in particular within Human Behavioural Ecology, Evolutionary Anthropology, and Applied Anthropology. 

Recently supervised student topics include:

  • Testing evolutionary explanations for “harmful cultural traditions”
  • Developing specialized survey techniques for measuring sensitive behaviour
  • Socio-ecology of infectious disease in Uganda
  • Human behavioural ecology of labour migration in Ethiopia
  • Infant feeding practices in Somali-born women in Bristol

 

Biography

Following degrees in Anthropology at Durham and Cambridge, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCL, I joined the University of Bristol in 2005.

Teaching

Undergraduate units

  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Population Health and Development
  • Dissertations

Postgraduate units

Memberships

Organisations

Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

Academics by department

Selected publications

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