Dr Simon Underdown, BSc, PhD (Cantab), PCTHE, CSciTeach, FRSB, FRGS, FRAI, FCPS, SFHEA
I am Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University where I teach, research and write on human evolution. I am particularly interested in the co-evolution of humans and disease, cognitive evolution, evolutionary processes & patterns and of course the Neanderthals (who isn’t?!). I’ve undertaken fieldwork across the world including South America, the Middle East & South Africa. I have written numerous scholarly papers and have written four books. I am passionate about science education and communication, and have appeared on a large range of radio and television programmes discussing aspects of human evolution and the latest finds and developments in the subject. I have written for the Guardian on a number of contemporary issues in science, including climate change, creationism, religious belief and the use of human remains in research. I am an avid book reviewer and have written reviews for numerous publications, including History Today, JRAI, TREE, and the THES. I am a member of council of the Royal Anthropological Institute and I was Vice President between 2012-15. I am currently Chair of the Society for the Study of Human Biology, a member of the QAA Anthropology subject bench-marking panel and a Research Associate of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford.
Human Origins and Palaeo-Environments
Research Group (HOPE)
Dept. of Social Sciences
Oxford Brookes University
Tel +44 (0)1865 483718