Staff Profiles

Dr Benny Peiser - Senior Lecturer

Benny Peiser is a social anthropologist with particular research interest in human and cultural evolution. His research focuses on the effects of environmental change and catastrophic events on contemporary thought and societal evolution. He also studies environmental and socio-economic impacts on physical activity and human health. Benny is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of Spaceguard UK. He is the editor of CCNet, a scholarly e-network with more than 6,000 subscribers from around the world. It is in this capacity that a 10km-wide asteroid, Minor Planet (7107) Peiser, was named in his honour by the International Astronomical Union.

Personal website

Research Areas

  • Environmental and socio-economic impacts on physical activity and health
  • Seasonal variations in physical activity
  • Societal evolution and neo-catastrophism

Current Projects

  • Seasonal variations in physical activity and human health
  • Climate change and science communication
  • International climate policy

Recent Publications

T. Reilly and B. Peiser (2006) Seasonal variations in health-related human physical activity, Sports Medicine 36:6: 473-485.

A. Ball, S. Kelley and B. Peiser (2006) Near Earth Objects and the Impact Hazard. (Milton Keynes: Open University)

B Peiser, T Reilly, G Atkinson, B Drust, J Waterhouse (2006). Seasonal changes and physiological responses: Their impact on activity, health, exercise and athletic performance. (The extreme environment and sports medicine) International SportMed Journal 7(1), 16-32

Barry W. Brook et al. (2007) Would the Australian megafauna have become extinct if humans had never colonised the continent? Quaternary Science Reviews, Volume 26, Issues 1-2, January 2007,

B. Peiser (2007) IPCC: The only game in town? Energy & Environment 18:8/7: i-iv.

B. Peiser, ed. (2007) IPCC: Structure, Processes and Politics. Energy & Environment 18:8/7

B. Peiser (2008) Seasonal Affective Disorder and Exercise Treatment, Biological Rhythm Research, 40:1, 85-97

B. Peiser, ed. (2009) Climate Policy and Energy Poverty. Energy & Environment [in press]

B. Peiser (2009) The Crisis of EU Climate Policy, Energy & Environment [in press]



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