People at SENRG


Prof Robin I. M. Dunbar
Prof Robin Dunbar is the director of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group, based at the University of Oxford's Department of Experimental Psychology . . . [read more]


Dr Rafael Wlodarski
Rafael is a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University's Department of Experimental Psychology, working with Professor Robin Dunbar in the SENRG lab . . . [read more]

Dr Anna Machin
Dr Machin graduated from the University of Reading in 2006 with a PhD in Archaeology. Her thesis focussed upon the evolution of social and sexual behaviour in the Middle Pleistocene. . . . [read more]

Dr Tamas David-Barrett
Tamas's research asks what traits allow humans to live in large and culturally complex societies. This is a puzzle, because human societies are based on the same building blocks as primate societies . . . [read more]

Dr James Carney
Before coming to Oxford, I lectured in English literature at University College Cork; prior to that, I taught English and Cultural Studies at the University of Limerick . . . [read more]

Dr Jacques Launay
Jacques' emphasis during his undergraduate and postgraduate education was on using an interdisciplinary approach to understand human behaviour. . . . [read more]

Dr Eiluned Pearce
Ellie is a postdoc researcher at SENRG who also acts as the administrator of the EU RELNET grant. She completed her DPhil research at Oxford University and holds a BA in Human Sciences . . . [read more]

Postgraduate Students

Bronwyn Tarr
Bronwyn studied Evolutionary Biodiversity and Zoology at the University of Cape Town, completing her honours research on cooperative breeding in Naked Mole Rats. . . . [read more]

Nathan Oesch
Nathan is interested in the science of human nature - evolutionary psychology - language evolution, and the social brain hypothesis. His background is in psychology and evolutionary biology . . . [read more]

Isabel Behncke
Isabel Behncke is a primatologist currently completing her doctorate with Robin Dunbar. Her overall interest is to discover how can our evolutionary past help us understand human social behaviour . . . [read more]


Professor Kimmo Kaski, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science, Aaltu University, Finland

Professor Mikko Sams, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science, Aaltu University, Finland

Dr Susanne Shultz, School of Biology, University of Manchester

Professor John Gowlett, School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool

Professor Clive Gamble, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton

Dr Felix Reed-Tsochas, James Martin Institute, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Professor Laurie Maguire, English Department, University of Oxford

Dr Felix Budelmann, Classical Languages and Literature, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

Professor Anna Rotkirch, Population Research Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dr Sam Roberts, Department of Psychology, University of Chester

Professor Mark van Vugt, Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, VU University Amsterdam

Dr Thomas Pollet, Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, VU University Amsterdam

Dr Lauri Nummenmaa, Deparment of Biomedical Engineering And Computational Science, Aalto University, Finland

Former Members

Mauro Silva Junior, MSc. Psychology

Former Research Assistants

Liz Redford, BA. Psychology

Sheel Jagani, MSc. Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology

Alan Gray, MSc. Experimental Psychology

Jourdan Cruz, MSc. Experimental Psychology