Robert Foley

Associate Researcher, ICArEHB

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

Researcher, University of Cambridge

King’s College, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Other Affiliations

Turkana Basin Insitute, Kenya; The Alan Turing Insitute, London

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0479-3039

Research Interests

Robert Foley’s research has focused on the evolution and ecology of humans, especially their behaviour and adaptations. Much of this work has concentrated on understanding humans in terms of general Darwinian patterns and processes, and relating human evolution to more general models of evolution. Among his contributions are the development of off-site archaeology, community ecology and co-evolutionary approaches to hominin evolution, ecological models for human evolution, phylogenetic methods for analysing technological, cultural, social and linguistic evolution, the multiple dispersal model of human origins, and multi-disciplinary approaches to the evolution of human diversity. His research combines traditional palaeoanthropological investigations with emerging approaches such as and, agent-based modelling and human behavioural and cognitive experiments. This research has included early African hominins, the evolution of modern humans, and more recent prehistory and anthropology. He has carried out field projects in Africa and Melanesia. He is currently involved in major field projects in northern and central Kenya

Short Bio

Robert Foley is Leverhulme Professor of Human Evolution Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of King’s College, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is a co-founder, with Marta Mirazón Lahr, of the Leverhulme Centre of Human Evolutionary Studies at Cambridge, an inter-disciplinary research centre. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Cambridge