Professor Stanley Ulijaszek

stanley ulijaszek portrait june
Evolving Human Nutrition

Emeritus Professor of Human Ecology

Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, obesity, nutritional anthropology, human ecology

Stanley Ulijaszek MA (Oxford), MA (Cambridge), BSc (Manchester), MSc, PhD (London). Stanley Ulijaszek is a nutritional anthropologist whose work centres on the evolutionary basis for, and cultural diversity in, nutritional health. This includes both undernutrition and obesity, and the diseases associated with them. He has carried out research in India, Nepal, Sarawak, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands, Poland, Italy and Australia. He is Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity (


Telephone: +44 (0)1865 274692


2017. Stanley Ulijaszek, Models of Obesity. From Ecology to Complexity in Science and Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2012, Stanley Ulijaszek, N. Mann and S. Elton, Evolving Human Nutrition. Implications for Public Health, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (reprint in Pb).

2007, Stanley Ulijaszek and R. Ohtsuka, Health Change in the Asia-Pacific Region. Biocultural and epidemiological approaches, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

2007, Stanley Ulijaszek and D. Parkin, Holistic Anthropology. Convergence and Emergence, Berghahn Books: Oxford.

1995, Stanley Ulijaszek, Human Energetics in Biological Anthropology, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

1993, Stanley Ulijaszek and S.S. Strickland, Nutritional Anthropology: Prospects and Perspectives, Smith-Gordon: London.

Edited books

2021, Hsu, E., Esposito, P, Sheppard, P. and Ulijaszek S. Lessons learnt from a Pandemic: COVID-19 in Perspective. Special Issue, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford-online 13: 1-75.

2018, Schneider, T., Dolan, C., Ulijaszek, S.J. and Eli, K. Digital Food Activism: Values, Expertise and Modes of Action. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

2015, Caroline Potter, Stanley Ulijaszek and Elisabeth Hsu (eds), Medical Anthropology at Oxford: The First Decade and Beyond, Special Issue, Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford-online.

2015, P. Kraeger, B. Winney, Stanley Ulijaszek and C. Capelli (eds), Population in the Human Sciences, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2014, Karin Eli and Stanley Ulijaszek, Obesity, Eating Disorders and the Media, Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

2013, C. Banwell, Stanley Ulijaszek and J. Dixon, When Culture Impacts Health. Global Lessons for Effective Health Research, San Diego: Academic Press.

2012, Avner Offer, Rachel Pechey and Stanley Ulijaszek, Insecurity, inequality and obesity, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2010, Nicholas Mascie-Taylor, A. Yasukouchi and Stanley Ulijaszek, Human Variation, from Laboratory to the Field, Boca Raton: CRC Press.

2006, Stanley Ulijaszek, Population, Reproduction and Fertility in Melanesia, Berghahn Books: Oxford.

1999, Stanley Ulijaszek and L. Schell, Urbanism, Health and Human Biology in Industrialised Countries, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

1998, Stanley Ulijaszek, M. Preece and F.E. Johnston,  Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Growth and Development, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

1997, Stanley Ulijaszek, Human Adaptability, Past, Present, and Future, University of Oxford Press: Oxford.

1996, Stanley Ulijaszek, Long-term Consequences of Early Environment: Growth, Development and the Lifespan Developmental Perspective, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

1995, Stanley Ulijaszek, Health Intervention in Less Developed Nations, University of Oxford Press: Oxford.

1994, Stanley Ulijaszek, Anthropometry: The Individual and the Population, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

1993, Stanley Ulijaszek and S. Strickland, Seasonality and Human Ecology, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Current DPhil students
Selected past DPhil students

Darryl Stellmach
Nadine Levin
Adam Gilbertson
Marisa Macari
Amy McLennan
Devi Sridhar