Dr Janet A D Howard


  • BS8 1UU

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Research interests

am an evolutionary anthropologist with an interest in applied research. My research interests are in so-called harmful cultural practices, and why these practices are highly prevalent in many populations depsite the harm that they cause, often to the perpetrators' close family members. For my PhD research I focussed on two specific practices which are often grouped together as types of gender-based violence; female genital mutliation/cutting (FGM/C) and intimate partner violence (IPV). 

I am currently working on a British Academy funded project which aims to understand the social norms which underpin FGM/C in Ethiopia. The results will provide new insights into how the practice is socially maintained and inform eradication efforts within Ethiopia. The other team members conducting this research are Dr. Estetu Gurmu (University of Addis Ababa), Dr. Alex Alvergne (University of Montpelier), and Professor Mhairi Gibson (University of Bristol).


Structured keywords and research groupings

  • WUNcultures
  • Human Behavioural Ecology
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Female Genital Cutting
  • Breastfeeding
  • Mali
  • Biological Anthropology


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