Our research

Our research

The Department of Anthropology specialises in several core areas of research:

Medical anthropology

Medical anthropology seeks to understand the factors that influence our health and wellbeing. We examine global health, infectious disease, as well as reproductive and sexual health. A number of our researchers have a strong interest in medical anthropology, including:

Religion in anthropology

Historically, religions and the conflicts between them helped form the discipline of anthropology. At Macquarie, we study contemporary religion and culture. In particular, Islam and Christianity in the Pacific. The following scholars specialise in the study of religion:

Development, globalisation, political and social issues

Since its founding, the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University has maintained a strong focus on political anthropology and the study of development. We support applied anthropology in a variety of situations. A number of our faculty work on political, social and development issues around the world. They include a range of related issues: legal plurality, urbanisation, indigenous rights, and human rights among others. Although most researchers acknowledge political and social issues in their work, staff that maintain a strong focus in this area include:

Psychological and phenomenological anthropology

This specialisation considers the great variety of human experience. How, as humans, we differ in our perception, cognition, and basic psychological functions, including our mental health. Macquarie University's Department of Anthropology is unique in Australia for its concentration of researchers with psychological and phenomenological research interests. If you are interested in the anthropological study of experience, emotion, perception, health or cognition, contact one of our researchers: 

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