David W. Lawson

Assistant Professor

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HSSB 2055


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.

You can find information on my research and teaching activities, including the 'Lawson Lab' research group here.


A complete list of publications is available here.