The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Anthropology & Ethnobiology Research Degrees
PhD, MA & MSc by research give you access to research methods training & supervision by internationally recognised researchers.
We welcome students with the appropriate background for research. You register for a PhD and we expect you to complete your doctoral thesis before the end of the fourth year. You take part in coursework, especially methods modules, as part of your training in the first year.
You may also register initially for an MA or MSc by Research, and these degrees may also be upgraded (MA or MSc in Anthropology; MSc in Ethnobiology).
We can offer supervision in both socio-cultural and biological anthropology. We are currently strong in environmental anthropology, ethnobiology, ethnicity and nationalism, kinship, methodology, and the anthropology of language use..
In general, you work closely with one supervisor throughout your research, although your work will be overseen by a committee of three members of staff. If you want to do research in the area of Applied Computing in Social Anthropology you have two supervisors: one in the Computing Laboratory as well as an anthropologist.
It is essential that prospective research students identify and contact a potential supervisor (by email) prior to making a formal application. We are unable to process any application without such prior contact.
Supervision can be offered in the following fields:
Dr. Miguel Alexiades Amazonian ethnobotany and historical ecology; cultural landscapes, political ecology.
Dr Judith Bovensiepen Place, landscape and displacement, kinship and exchange, religious transformations, anthropological approaches to history and social change, Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste
Mr Glenn Bowman Israel/Palestine (Jerusalem and West Bank): sectarianism, secularism, nationalism, popular culture; Yugoslavia: nationalism, ethnic differentiation, contemporary art; fieldwork epistemology; pilgrimage and tourism; landscape and identity; photography and anthropology; exilic imagination.
Dr. Melissa Demian Papua New Guinea; legal anthropology
Professor Roy Ellen Ethnobiology, environmental anthropology; classification and cognitive anthropology, anthropological theory; the human ecology of rainforest populations, deforestation, inter-island trade; Indonesia, South-east Asia.
Professor Michael Fischer Social, political, demographic and epidemiological issues relating to Pakistan, especially Punjab and Swat. Social, cultural, political and economic issues pertaining to Western Polynesia, especially the Cook Islands. Knowledge and its organisation in the Cook Islands and Pakistan. Cultural performance and the creation of tradition; traditional knowledge production, change and organisation; kinship and social organisation; population structure; tourism. Ethnographic media; Anthropology and computing; mathematical anthropology; computer modelling.
Dr Tatyana Humle Wildlife-human resource competition with a special focus on primate-human conflict mitigation and great ape rehabilitation and reintroduction.
Dr. Sarah Johns Human sexuality and reproduction, Human behavioural ecology, Evolutionary psychology, Evolutionary Anthropology.
Dr. Stephen Lycett Palaeoanthropology; cultural evolution and transmission; the Palaeolithic; physical anthropology.
Dr Patrick Mahoney Osteology, Palaeopathology
Dr. Nicholas Newton-Fisher Primate behaviour and ecology; evolution of social systems, complex social behaviour and the evolution of primate cognition. Methods of data analysis; application of statistical models to understanding behaviour and social structure. Africa.
Dr. Daniela Peluso South America (Amazonia); kinship.
Professor João de Pina-Cabral Personhood and Identity; Family and Kinship in contemporary contexts; Religion and Belief; Ethnicity in post-colonial contexts; History of Anthropology. Special areas of interest: Southern Europe, Brasil, Southeast Africa.
Dr. Mike Poltorak Tonga, Oceania, New Zealand, Brighton and Hove, Rajasthan, India, mental illness, medical anthropology, transnationalism, ethnopsychiatry, vaccination, applied medical anthropology, cultural politics, indigenous epistemologies and modernities
Dr. Raj Puri Ethnobiology, environmental anthropology, human dimensions of global change, conservation and development; human ecology of tropical forest peoples; SE Asia, Indonesia, Borneo, PNG, Australia, Hawaii
Dr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos The anthropology of Panama and Greece, Ethnicity, Politics, Indigeneity, Resistance to financial austerity, Cultural authenticity, Indigenous tourism and environmental-conservation disputes.
Dr. Anna Waldstein Medical anthropology; ethnobotany. Mexico, North America