Lecturer in Cultural Evolution, University of Exeter

My research focuses on investigating human behaviour and cultural diversity using evolutionary theory. I use quantitative techniques to test competing hypotheses about how cultural traits and societies change over time, and to understand what ecological and social factors drive the evolution of social and political organization. Some of this research involves global-scale analyses, while other aspects have focused on Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa, which represent ideal testing grounds for comparative studies of social and cultural evolution. I am also interested in practical applications of this approach to aid in the development of social policy to help solve real-world problems.