Bella Ellwood-Clayton is one of the world's most popular sexual anthropologists


Bella Ellwood-Clayton was born in Melbourne, Australia; daughter of avant garde composer and playwright Syd Clayton. At a young age, Bella moved to Vancouver, Canada. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1999 from Concordia University, majoring in anthropology. Her honours thesis examined beauty cross-culturally. She received first class honours and was the recipient of the Mark Doughty Scholarship.

Soon after, with a crew from National Geographic, Bella took to the jungle to explore tattoo and social change in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. This documentary continues to air from a wide range of international locations.

Offered a full PhD scholarship, in 2000 Bella conducted an ethnography in the central Philippines about young women's sexual and reproductive health. As the Philippines is the texting capital of the world, her research followed suit. Bella became regarded as an international mobile phone expert, speaking about love and technology at conferences in Asia, Europe, America and Australia, teaching undergraduate classes about mobile telephony in Korea, and publishing her work in a number of prestigious academic anthologies.

Throughout her postgraduate degree Bella was the recipient of numerous grants, scholarships and traveling bursaries. In 2004 she completed her thesis from The Key Centre for Women's Health in Society, WHO Collaborating Centre, The University of Melbourne. After spending time in Canada working as an 'extra ' and body double for film and scripting a novel, Bella returned to Australia to write a weekly sex and relationship column for the newspaper mX - published in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Bella regularly contributes to magazines such as Women's Health and appears on radio, television and gives public talks. You'll find her discussing relationships on channel 7's Sunrise or channel 10's The Project, penning articles for Sunday Life magazine, which appears in the Melbourne Age and Sydney Sun-Herald or offering advice about love and sex on popular radio stations, such as Triple M.

She blogs for The Huffington Post and has published short stories and poetry. Her book about female sexuality, 'Sex drive: in pursuit of female desire,' was published with critical success in 2012 (Allen & Unwin).

In 2014 Bella spoke at the Sydney Opera House, keynoted the Australian Institute of Sexual Health Medicine conference and is looking forward to doing a TED talk.

Bella provides individual and couple consultations. She is married to a real life superhero and has two young children.

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sex drugs, technology, and how to live sensually.
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