Prof. Rob Foley researches and teaches human evolution at the University of Cambridge, where he is the Leverhulme
Professor of Human Evolution. With Marta Mirazon Lahr he co-founded the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies (LCHES), a research centre devoted to multi-disciplinary approaches (biological, archaeological, genetic and behavioural) to human evolution. He has worked on a range of topics in human evolution and prehistory, from the early hominins and bipedalism to the evolution of human social behaviour, to the origins of modern humans and historical linguistics and human diversity.
What combines this research is a focus on evolutionary ecology, on applying Darwinian models to human evolution, and developing a comparative framework. His work draws on both archaeological and biological principles and methods. Much of this work has been carried out in collaboration with Marta Mirazon Lahr. He has worked primarily in Africa, and he is currently engaged in Mirazon Lahr's projects in the Central Sahara and Kenya.