Integrative Anthropological Sciences (behavioural ecology, evolutionary demography, population health, international development, ‘harmful cultural practices’, the family, parental investment and childhood; Tanzania)
PhD in Anthropology, University College London
Prior to joining to UCSB, I held posts as a Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Department of Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and as a Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, where I also obtained my PhD in 2009.
I am an evolutionary anthropologist and population health scientist with interests in the family, childhood and human well-being, particularly in the context of the social and demographic changes that accompany economic development.
Active research topics include: (i) the well-being implications of polygynous marriage and child marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa, (ii) evolutionary perspectives on variation in fertility and the demographic transition, and (iii) time allocation trade-offs between children’s work and schooling in rural Tanzania. My research combines primary data collection in the field and secondary analysis of existing large-scale demographic and health surveys from both contemporary African and European contexts. You can find more information on my research and teaching activities, including the 'Lawson Lab' research group here.
A complete list of publications is available here.