About Publications Resources Contact

ELSPETH READY

Senior Researcher
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Random Name
Random Name
Random Name

ABOUT

My research interests are broadly focused in two areas: human subsistence ecology, both today and in the past, and on social support networks. My work cross-cuts cultural, evolutionary, and biological anthropology. I am currently collaborating on several projects, all focused on combining network methods with models from behavioural ecology to better understand how socioeconomic and health inequalities are created and persist. A complementary focus on the development of quantitative data collection and analysis methods is also a major thread of my research.

My dissertation research examined the role of traditional harvesting and food sharing in the food security and socioeconomic status of Inuit in the Canadian Arctic. I have spent over 17 months conducting fieldwork in Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik since 2011. My fieldwork has focused on gathering quantitative data on food security, food sharing, subsistence harvesting, and, more recently, qualitative data on mental health and well-being. One of the major conclusions of this Arctic is that poverty may constrain how effectively traditional harvesting and sharing can contribute to community resilience to climate change. An additional focus of my dissertation research was on understanding food security in mixed cash-subsistence economies. This work focuses on bridging the gap between quantitative scientific methods and the multidimensional and cultural ways in which people experience food insecurity. A summary report of my dissertation results, in Inuktitut and English, can be downloaded here. A more recent community report of my work can be downloaded here.

I also maintain an active research agenda in archaeology, in collaboration with Eugène Morin at Trent University. Our work has focused on Neandertal subsistence ecology, quantitative zooarchaeological methods and on the use of skeletal part profiles to infer Palaeolithic subsistence behaviours.

I graduated in 2008 with a B.A. Honours in Anthropology from the University of Alberta, and I completed an M.A. in Anthropology at Trent University in 2010. I completed my Ph.D. at Stanford in June 2016. For more details, download my curriculum vitae.

PUBLICATIONS

Ethnographic and HBE papers

Ready, E., Habecker, P., Abadie, R., Khan, B., and Dombrowski, K. In prep. Competing forces of withdrawal and disease avoidance in the risk networks of people who inject drugs.

Ready, E., Habecker, P., Abadie, R., Davila, C., Rivera Villegas, A., Khan, B., and Dombrowski, K. In review. Comparing social network structures generated through sociometric and ethnographic methods.

Power, E.A. and Ready, E. Accepted. The relative contributions of relatedness and kinship to social support.

Ready, E. Accepted. Why subsistence matters. Hunter-Gatherer Research.

Ready, E. 2018. Who, being loved, is poor? Poverty, marriage, and changing family structures in the Canadian Arctic. Human Organization 77 (2): 122-134.

Bliege Bird, R., Ready, E., and Power, E.A. 2018. The social significance of subtle signals. Nature Human Behaviour 2 (2): 1–6.

Ready, E. 2018. Sharing-based social capital associated with harvest production and wealth in the Canadian Arctic. PLoS ONE 13 (3): e1093759.

Ready, E. and Power, E.A. 2018. Why wage-earners hunt. Food sharing, social structure and influence in an Arctic mixed ecology. Current Anthropology 59 (1): 74-97.

Ready, E. 2016. Challenges in the Assessment of Inuit food security. Arctic 69 (3): 266-280.

Ready, E. 2015. Ensuring country food access for a food secure future in Nunavik. In: Quebec policy on the Arctic: Challenges and perspectives. Arctic and International Relations Series, Issue 1. Canadian Studies Center and Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, pp.50-54. University of Washington, Seattle.

Archaeological Research

Morin, E., Beauval, C., Boileau, A., Ready, E., and Laroulandie, V. 2019. The Number of Distinct Elements: Extending a landmark-based counting unit to other taxa. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 24: 773-784.

Ready, E. and Morin, E. 2019. Preliminary analysis of faunal remains from three Middle Paleolithic deposits in Charente, France. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 24: 290–301.

Ready, E. 2013. Neandertal foraging during the late Mousterian in the Pyrenees: New insights based on faunal remains from Gatzarria Cave. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 1568-1578.

Morin, E., E. Ready, A. Boileau, C. Beauval, and M.P. Coumont. 2017. Problems of Identification and Quantification in Archaeozoological Analysis, Part I: Insights from a Blind Test. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
24 (3): 886-937.

Morin, E., E. Ready, A. Boileau, C. Beauval, and M.P. Coumont. 2017. Problems of Identification and Quantification in Archaeozoological Analysis, Part II: Presentation of an Alternative Counting Method. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 24 (3): 938-973.

Ready, E. 2013. Neandertal foraging during the late Mousterian in the Pyrenees: New insights based on faunal remains from Gatzarria Cave. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 1568-1578.

Morin, E., and E. Ready. 2013. Foraging goals and transport decisions in Western Europe during the Middle and early Upper Paleolithic. In: J.A. Clark and J. Speth, Eds., Zooarchaeology and modern human origins: Human hunting behavior during the later Pleistocene. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, pp. 227-269. Springer, Dordrecht.

Ready, E. 2010. Neandertal Man the hunter: A history of Neandertal subsistence. Vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology 10: 58-80.

RESOURCES

Social Network Analysis

In 2018, Jamie Jones, Ashley Hazel and I ran an introductory social network analysis workshop at the AAPA meetings in Austin. You can view the materials on our workshop webpage.

Datasets and code repositories

Code repository for Building Bigness (American Anthropologist, 2018).

Code repository for The relative contributions of relatedness and kinship...

More to come...