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Anna Machin

Dr Anna Machin is an evolutionary anthropologist whose work gets to the very heart of what it is to be human. She is internationally renowned for her work, carried out at the University of Oxford, into the science and anthropology of our closest relationships. As a writer and broadcaster, she is a passionate advocate of science communication. She has taken her skills for explaining what we do and why we do it to the small screen in Married at First Sight (Channel 4), Meet the Humans (BBC World) , Kathy Burke’s All Women (Channel 4), Strangers Making Babies (Channel 4) and Life’s Essential Elements (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).  She is currently filming the third season of Myths of Mankind for ZDF, Germany and will next be seen on UK screens in Planet Sex with Cara Delavigne (Hulu/BBC).  She is the presenter of the How We Are Wired podcast (June 2022) and has written extensively for, among others, The Guardian, The Observer, The New York Times and New Scientist on topics as diverse as love drugs, humanoid robots, the science of fatherhood and the power of female friendship.


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 is the author of two popular science books: Why We Love: The New Science Behind our Closest Relationship (2022) and The Life of Dad: The Making of the Modern Father (2018).


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.


In her spare time Anna is an avid gardener and animal lover. She lives with her three dogs, 2 rabbits and 4 guinea pigs (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]