Martha Newson is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.


As a cognitive anthropologist, Martha has a broad interest in people and their behaviours. Her research centres on group bonding and the extreme behavioural outcomes that can become associated with it. She is based at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, University of Oxford, but lives in Kent, with field sites in the UK, Brazil, Australia, and Indonesia. Martha works with football fans, ‘hooligans’, and more recently Islamist fundamentalists to answer questions on group identity, cooperation, and aggression.

Her research has appeared in a range of media including The Telegraph, International Business Times, and the New York Post; she has also featured on BBC Radio 4’s World at One, Sky Sports News, and the Freakonomics podcast. She has published as lead author in various journals, including Evolution and Human Behaviour, PLOS ONE, and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

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