We're involved in extensive and diverse research
With an international reputation and an interdisciplinary approach, we are sought out to work on collaborative projects.
We have two research centres: the Research Centre for Brain and Behaviour and the Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology. We also conduct research in genetics, neurobiology, medical entomology, ecology, evolution, the environment and psychology.
Social behaviour, ecology and conservation
Focusing on topics that deal with interactions between ecology, social behaviour and cognition to help improve animal conservation and welfare.
Research Centre in Brain and Behaviour
Investigating cognitive and brain mechanisms in psychologically and neurologically intact adult humans, and also the disruption of these processes caused by drugs, brain damage, ageing or atypical development.
Contexts for human evolution
Exploring the place of humans in nature throughout their evolution through archaeological, palaeontological and environmental analyses.
Working to strengthen science underpinning standards for estimation of biological profile indicators such as sex, age, and population affinity using a combination of traditional and cutting-edge methods.
Human variation and adaptability
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of humans through the fields of palaeoanthropology, bioarchaeology, palaeogenetics and human biology.
Engagement and internationalisation
Our focus on major world issues such as health, conservation and sustainability, and climate change, in addition to key topics in evolution, human and animal behaviour, and the psychology of isolation and skills development as they relate to space exploration has led to the development of strong partnerships with external organisations globally. We are actively engaged with the main non-academic audiences for our research ranging from the general public (UK and international) to international non-governmental organisations, such as United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Health Organisation (WHO), European Space Agency (ESA), NASA, US Fisheries and Wildlife Service, and governments, including China, Uganda and Indonesia. Our researchers work at numerous archaeological and palaeontological sites to reconstruct the contexts of human evolution.
We have established close ties with:
- Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program
- Orangutan Information Centre
- Ugalla Primate Project
- Zoological Society of London
And in the UK:
- Chester Zoo/North of England Zoological Society
- The Poulton Project
- Natural England
- Mersey Forest
- Wildlife Trust
- Local authorities
Researchers in psychology and neuroscience work with:
- Pain Relief Foundation and Pain Research Institute
- Numerous charitable and voluntary organisations