Dr Anna Machin is a relationship scientist with a passion for using science to explore the relationships that are key to all our lives; those with our lovers, our families and our friends.
She is able to use her background in relationships’ research and her extensive experience of public engagement to introduce her audience to the cutting edge of relationship science including the genetics of love, the neurochemistry of parenthood and the psychology of friendship in the new media age. She has been privileged to work closely with many people over the years who have let her into their lives at the most vulnerable and special times; as romances commence, new families are formed and love disintegrates and she uses these very human experiences to inform her writing and presenting.
She is passionate about relating the power of a healthy relationship to empower and transform and highlighting the negative effect that poor relationships can have on the mental and physical health of all those they touch. She is regularly called upon by the print and broadcast media to contribute comments and articles about relationships in a wide range of contexts and is currently back in her lab using her knowledge to provide the matches on Series 2 of Married at First Sight (Channel 4/CPL) where she acts as a relationship expert and chief scientist.
Those who have worked with her regularly comment on her infectious enthusiasm for her subject and her ability to make science accessible, relevant and entertaining for all age groups.
Anna is an Evolutionary Anthropologist based at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford where she has carried out research for nearly a decade.
She uses multidisciplinary techniques to understand the biological and evolutionary mechanisms that underpin our experiences of and behaviours in close relationships including those between romantic partners, parents and children, siblings and friends. She has a particular interest in the neurobiology and psychology of close relationships and is currently writing a popular science book based on her research in the field of the science of fatherhood. She is passionate about ensuring her work produces real world consequences which impact positively on the health of the individual, their family and our society and, as a consequence, works with a number of family and mental health charities.
Her website is www.annamachin.com