Professor Mhairi A Gibson

B.A.(Dunelm.), M.Phil.(Cantab.), Ph.D.(U.C.Lond.)

  • BS8 1UU

20022022

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Research interests

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

 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • International Development
  • Cabot Institute Water Research
  • Cabot Institute Food Security Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research

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Research Output

Inequality in the household and rural-urban migration in Ethiopian farmers

Clech, L. C. O. M., Jones, J. H. & Gibson, M. A., 24 Apr 2020, In : Evolutionary Human Sciences. 2, e9.

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    Measuring Hidden Support for Physical Intimate Partner Violence: A List Randomization Experiment in South-Central Ethiopia

    Gibson, M. A., Gurmu, E., Cobo Rodriguez, B., Rueda, M. D. M. & Scott, I. M. L., 5 May 2020, In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

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    Does Kin-Selection Theory Help to Explain Support Networks among Farmers in South-Central Ethiopia?

    Clech, L., Hazel, A. & Gibson, M. A., 1 Dec 2019, In : Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective. 30, p. 422-447 26 p.

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  • Thesis

    EXPLORING THE PERSISTENCE OF FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

    Author: Howard, J., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Gibson, M. (Supervisor) & Robson Brown, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Understanding Use of Bear Products in Southeast Asia: Human-Oriented Perspectives from Cambodia and Laos

    Author: Davis, E. O., 24 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Gibson, M. (Supervisor) & Robson Brown, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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