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2018-2019 Director, Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
2017 – Senior Adviser, Research and Innovation, Whitireia and WelTec
2012 to 2017; Research Assessor, Marsden Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand
2011 Contractor
2008 to 2011; Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington
2008 Assistant Lecturer, Phil318/418 Philosophy of Science, Victoria University of Wellington
2006 Assistant Lecturer, Phil319/419 The Evolution of Life and Mind, Victoria University of Wellington
2006 Assistant Lecturer, Phil316/416 Philosophy of Mind, Victoria University of Wellington
2006 Assistant Lecturer, Phil/Pols 269/369 Philosophy of Sex and Sexuality, Victoria University of Wellington
2005 Lecturer, Phil263/Phil363 (Philosophy of Biology), Auckland University
2005 Assistant Lecturer, Phil264/Phil364 (Philosophy of Social Science), Auckland University
2004 Lecturer, Phil263/Phil363 (Philosophy of Biology), Auckland University
2002 Assistant Lecturer, Phil269/Phil369 (Philosophy of Sex), Victoria University of Wellington


PhD, Philosophy, The Australian National University.
(Australian Post-graduate Award Scholarship)
M.A., 2002, Masters with Distinction in Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington
B.A. (Hons), 1998, First Class Honours in Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington
B.F.A., 1996, Computer Art and Printmaking, Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Art


Testing Times: Confirmation in the Historical Sciences. PhD Thesis. Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Supervisors: Kim Sterelny, Peter Godfrey-Smith

The Scope and Limits of Biological Explanations in Archaeology. Masters Thesis. Philosophy. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Publications and Presentations

Jeffares, B., Boston, J., Gerrard, J., Hendy, S., & Larner, W. (2019). Science Advice in New Zealand. Policy Quarterly, 15(2). https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v15i2.5372

Jeffares, B., & Sterelny, K. (2014). Darwinism and its Influences. In A. Gardner, M. Lake, & U. Sommer (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Theory (pp. 1–14). Oxford University Press. http://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199567942.013.033

Jeffares, B. (2013). Back to Australopithecus: Utilizing New Theories of Cognition to Understand the Pliocene Hominins. Biological Theory, 9(December), 4–15. http://doi.org/10.1007/s13752-013-0146-7

Jeffares, B. (2012). Thinking tools: acquired skills, cultural niche construction, and thinking with things. The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35(4), 228–9. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X11002044

Jeffares, B., & Sterelny, K. (2012). Evolutionary Psychology. In The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science. http://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195309799.013.0020

Jeffares, B. (2010). Guessing the future of the past. Biology & Philosophy, 25, 125–142. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-009-9155-0

Jeffares, B. (2010). The co-evolution of tools and minds: Cognition and material culture in the hominin lineage. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 9(4), 503–520. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11097-010-9176-9

Jeffares, B. (2010). The Evolution of Technical Competence: Strategic and Economic Thinking. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, 162–169. http://doi.org/10.5096/ASCS200925

Sterelny, K., & Jeffares, B. (2010). Rational Agency in Evolutionary Perspective. In A Companion to the Philosophy of Action (pp. 374–383). Wiley-Blackwell.

Sterelny, K., & Jeffares, B. (2010). Rational Agency in Evolutionary Perspective. A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, 374–383. http://doi.org/10.1002/9781444323528.ch47

Jeffares, B. (2009). Philosophy of Archaeology. In A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography (pp. 330–341). http://doi.org/10.1002/9781444304916.ch29

Jeffares, B. (2008). Testing times: regularities in the historical sciences. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 39(4), 469–475. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2008.09.003

Jeffares, B. (2005). Cultural Variation and Epistemic Access. In International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology. University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Jeffares, B. (2005). Regaining Archaeology’s Nerve: Culture and Biology in Archaeological Theory. Biology & Philosophy, 20(2–3), 545–556. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10539-005-5585-5

Jeffares, B. (2005). Signals and Noise in Sedimentary Records. Australasian Archaeometry Conference. Canberra, Australia.

Jeffares, B. (2004). Dead Men Telling Tales: Homo Fossils and What to Do With Them. Biology and Philosophy, 19(1), 159. Retrieved from http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1023/B:BIPH.0000013391.77948.07

Jeffares, B. (2004). Dead Men Telling Tales: Homo Fossils and What to Do With Them. Biology & Philosophy, 19(1), 159–165. http://doi.org/10.1023/B:BIPH.0000013391.77948.07

Jeffares, B. (2003). Clark, Mary E., In Search Of Human Nature. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 81(4), 621.

Jeffares, B. (2003). The Limits on Biological Explanations in Archaeology. (T. Denham, Ed.)Whither Theory in Australian Archaeology? Australian Archaeological Association: Jindabyne, NSW, Australia.

Jeffares, B. (2002). The Explanatory Limits of Cognitive Archaeology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25(3), 410–412. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X02300074

Jeffares, B. (2001). Dawkins versus Dawkins: Darwinian and Evolutionary theories in Archaeology. In Australasian Association for Philosophy (New Zealand Division). Auckland.

Administration and Service

Reviewing: Current Anthropology, Biology and Philosophy

Supervision: Co-supervisor 2 Philosophy PhD, 1 History PhD, 1 Masters students, 2 Honours Students

Organisation: Philosophy of Biology Post-graduate Workshop, Kioloa NSW, 4th – 5th November 2005

Inaugural Post graduate workshop for Philosophy of Biology, attendees from University of Queensland, Melbourne University, Standford University, Victoria University of Wellington, and The Australian National University Philosophy of Biology Post Graduate Workshops Homepage

1998-2000 Co-founder and convenor, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Post-Graduate Seminars

Co-founded and co-ordinated the original student seminars at VUW, and organised the first departmental mailing list

Volunteer Work


2016- Board member, Freediving New Zealand

2015 – President, Lazy Seal Freediving Club

Occasional volunteer, Experiencing Marine Reserves Programme, Wellington


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