Professor Robert Foley
Human evolution: the evolutionary ecology of extinct hominins; the evolution of human behaviour and culture; prehistory and archaeology of early human populations; evolutionary theory in archaeology and anthropology.
- Anthropology, Archaeology
Robert Foley is Leverhulme Professor of Human Evolution at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of King's College, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is a co-founder, with Marta Mirazón Lahr, of the Leverhulme Centre of Human Evolutionary Studies at Cambridge, an inter-disciplinary research centre. His research has focused on the evolution and ecology of humans, especially their behaviour and adaptations. Much of this work has concentrated on understanding humans in terms of general Darwinian patterns and processes, and relating human evolution to more general models of evolution. Among his contributions are the development of off-site archaeology, community ecology and co-evolutionary approaches to hominin evolution, ecological models for human evolution, phylogenetic methods for analysing technological, cultural, social and linguistic evolution, the multiple dispersal model of human origins, and multi-disciplinary approaches to the evolution of human diversity. This research has included early African hominins, the evolution of modern humans, and more recent prehistory and anthropology. He has carried out field projects in Africa and Melanesia. He is currently involved in major field projects in northern and central Kenya. His books include Off-Site Archaeology, Another Unique Species: Patterns in Human Evolutionary Ecology, Humans before Humanity, and Principles of Human Evolution.
King's College University of Cambridge Professorial Fellow
Feb 2014 -
University of Cambridge Leverhulme Professor of Human Evolution and Director, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies
Jan 2003 -
King's College University of Cambridge Fellow
Jan 2003 -
University of Cambridge Fellow of King's College
Jan 1987 -
University of Durham Lecturer in Anthropology
Jan 1977 -
Professor Michael Watts
The political economy of resources with a particular focus on the oil and gas and energy sectors, and on food and agriculture in the Global South (Africa in particular)