As an anthropologist Anna’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 behaviour including the bonds between lovers, parents, children and friends. She combines classic anthropological techniques with a range of multidisciplinary techniques, including cutting-edge neuroscience, genetics and psychology to reveal what underpins our behaviour.
She is regularly called upon by the print and broadcast media to contribute comments and articles about human behaviour in a wide range of contexts and has written for The New York Times, The i, Aeon, Medium. 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), Meet the Humans (BBC Earth) and Kathy Burke’s All Woman (Channel 4). Next year she will be back on our screens presenting a 6-part parenting series for Channel 4.
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 warmth and infectious enthusiasm for her subject along with 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 programme of talks. She published her first popular science book in 2018, “The Life of Dad: The Making of the Modern Father” (Simon & Schuster), and is currently writing her second which will endeavour to provide the answer to the enduring question ‘what is love?’.
Anna is an Evolutionary Anthropologist based at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford where she has carried out research for over 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.
In her spare time Anna is an avid gardener and animal lover. She lives with her three dogs, 2 rabbits and a guinea pig (plus her husband and children) in rural Buckinghamshire. She still believes she will one day reach her life goal of becoming a zoo keeper but until then intends to satisfy herself by adopting a couple of donkeys.
Anna Machin’s agent is Hilary Murray, who can be contacted at [email protected]