Robin Dunbar graduated with a BSc in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford (1969) and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Bristol (1974). He has held research fellowships at Cambridge (1977-1982) and Liverpool Universities (1985-1987), and teaching posts at the University of Stockholm (Sweden: 1983), University College London (1987-1994), and the University of Liverpool (1994-2007).
He is currently Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology in the School of Anthropology, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. He is co-Director of the British Academy’s Centenary Research Project ‘Lucy to Language: The Archaeology of the Social Brain’ , a multi-disciplinary project involving, in addition to the University of Oxford, research groups at Liverpool University, Royal Holloway (University of London), Southampton University, and the University of Kent.