As an anthropologist Dr. Anna Machin’s work gets to the very heart of what it is to be human. By using her skills in observation and interpretation she is able to explain what we do and why we do it. She is a specialist in the science of relationships and human social behavior including the bonds between lovers, parents and children and friends. She combines classic anthropological techniques with a range of multidisciplinary techniques, including cutting-edge neuroscience, genetics and psychology, to elucidate the behaviours that define us as a species. She is regularly called upon by the print and broadcast media to contribute comments and articles about relationships in a wide range of contexts and her skills as an anthropologist and a relationship scientist have been put to good use on two series of Married at first Sight (Channel4/CPL) and on the BBC Earth series Meet the Humans, where she worked alongside Dr. Michael Moseley to interpret group-based human behaviours.
While her research regarding human relationships and social behaviour is applicable to all, Anna’s skill as an anthropologist also has value for businesses in understanding their staff, customers and consumers. As a consequence, she has worked with a number of national and international companies to provide training, research and consultancy to inform and actively contribute to their marketing and PR campaigns. She is able to design and carry out bespoke research, compile reports, provide tailored workshops and take part in print, new media and broadcast campaigns to promote the company’s PR message.
“Fascinating! Informative, fun and easy to follow. Dr. Machin is an absolute rock star. Absolutely brilliant.”
Those who have worked with Anna regularly comment on her infectious enthusiasm for her subject and her ability to make science accessible, relevant and entertaining for all age groups. She is a regular public speaker and has introduced the worlds of anthropology and relationship science to thousands of members of the public through her public engagement events. And this year she ventures into popular science publication with the release of her first book “The Life of Dad: The Making of the Modern Father” (Simon & Schuster) which is out on 14th June 2018.
Anna is an Evolutionary Anthropologist based at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford where she has carried out research for a decade. She is passionate about ensuring her work produces real world consequences which impact positively on the health of the individual, their family and our society and, as a consequence, works with a number of family and mental health charities.
Her website is www.annamachin.com