Daniel Nettle's Personal Page

Daniel Nettle
Professor of Behavioural Science
Centre for Behaviour & Evolution, Newcastle University.
Henry Wellcome Building
Framlington Place
Newcastle, NE2 4HH, UK

Email: daniel.nettle"at"ncl.ac.uk (replace the "at" with @)

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Latest news

We are running a new one-day course on experimental approaches to social research, on November 8th. More information and sign up here .

Research Interests

I am a behavioural researcher with an eclectic portfolio of different interests. Perhaps the easiest way to explain what I do is to say that I am both a biologist and a social scientist, and I see no contradiction between those two things. My major current empirical projects are COMSTAR, an ambitious programme investigating the consequences of early-life adversity comparatively in human and starlings, and the Tyneside Neighbourhoods Project, an ongoing ethnographic study of social life in different neighbourhoods of Newcastle. I also have a longstanding interest in using behavioural science to encourage prosocial and discourage antisocial behaviour. I have written a number of books aimed at broader audiences.

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Career summary

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Open access to our research

Where possible, I publish research in Open Access journals (that is, locations where they can be downloaded in full from the web without the need for a subscription). In some cases this is not possible and my research appears in subscription-based journals. In such cases, I will always post a PDF on this website; because of publisher restrictions, this may be a preprint version that does not have the publisher's formatting. It is also my policy to make the raw data from each study available with the publication. For most papers since 2013, you should find the raw data downloadable as an appendix. If there are other data you would like but cannot find, just ask.

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MRes Courses

The Centre for Behaviour and Evolution at Newcastle University has master of research (MRes) degrees in Animal Behaviour, and in Evolution and Human Behaviour. These are 12-month course starting every October, which provide a thorough research training in evolutionary behavioural science, one more applicable to those interested in studying humans, and the other geared for those who wish to study the behaviour of other species. The courses contain 24-week major research project, which students will complete working with a member of CBE staff. There are opportunities for projects on several different species, and using many different techniques. For more information, see our website or contact Tom Smulders.

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My Brilliant Students

A nice thing about studying behaviour is that the techniques are usually very simple. This means that someone armed with £50, a pencil, a good idea and some determination can often make a useful contribution to the literature. One of the things I am most proud of about my research group is the fact that students at very early stages of their careers have completed projects that have gone on to be published in the best international journals. Here are some examples, along with the papers that resulted:

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Links to places you might want to go

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