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My research focuses on population and health issues, incorporating theories and methods from human behavioural ecology and anthropology. Based on long-term fieldwork in South-Central Ethiopia I study recent changes in reproductive and parenting decision-making among Arsi Oromo agropastoralists. I also work on the social dynamics of normative practices which are harmful to women and girls. In particular, I am interested in 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
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- International Development
- Cabot Institute Water Research
- Cabot Institute Food Security Research
- Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research
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Gurmu, E., Scott, I. & Gibson, M. A.
1/12/15 → 30/11/17
Abandoning female genital mutilation/cutting (FGMC) is an emerging but costly parental investment strategy in rural EthiopiaGibson, M. A., Gurmu, E., Chua, R. V., Van Bavel, H. & Myers, S., 25 Sept 2023, In: Social Science and Medicine. 335, 10 p., 116170.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access
Testing evolutionary conflict theories for sexual and physical intimate partner violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.Howard, J. A. D. & Gibson, M. A., 19 Dec 2023, In: Evolutionary Human Sciences. 5, E6, e6.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access1 Citation (Scopus)
Measuring Hidden Support for Physical Intimate Partner Violence: A List Randomization Experiment in South-Central EthiopiaGibson, M. A., Gurmu, E., Cobo Rodriguez, B., Rueda, M. D. M. & Scott, I. M. L., 4 Apr 2022, In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 37, 7-8, p. NP4238–NP4257 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Citations (Scopus)129 Downloads (Pure)