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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 in resource-limited communities. This work combines ethnographic and demographic methodologies with theoretical frameworks of human behavioural ecology. My fieldwork-based research has explored the causes and consequences of population and health change among Arsi Oromo agropastoralists in South-Central Ethiopia. I also work on the social dynamics of normative practices which are harmful to women and girls, 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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