About me

I am an evolutionary anthropologist working across disciplines in demography, sociology, and population health.

My research has largely focused on parental investment and life history outcomes in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. These include aspects of health, well-being, and education. I take a human behavioural ecology perspective to understand variation in these traits across individuals and populations. I am also interested in apparent sex differences in the operation of life history strategies.

More recently my research interests have broadened towards examining the problem of socioeconomic inequalities and why the long-term impact of childhood deprivation appears to be so robust, especially within high-income settings. I am also interested in uncovering the mechanisms that bring about this process. 

I am also interested in people's reproductive decision-making processes. How do people decide when to have a(nother) baby? What trade-offs do they consider, and what compromises do they make? I am a strong advocate of cross-cultural research. If we are to understand anything about people and why we do the things we do, I believe it is vital to consider human behaviour (and reactions) within different contexts. 

I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher with Christiaan Monden in the Sociology Department at the University of Oxford, and I am a Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow at Nuffield College

I am the secretary of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association. Please see our website for more information about joining EHBEA and attending our annual conference which is to be held in Krakow, Poland from April 1st to 4th, 2020.

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