Dr David Lawson PhD, MSc, BSc
About David Lawson
Evolutionary Anthropologist and Population Health Scientist
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David Lawson's Background
I joined the school in September 2013 following the award of a 3-year fellowship from the UK Medical Research Council. I received my PhD in Anthropology in 2009 from University College London and have degrees in Biological Sciences (BSc) and Evolutionary Psychology (MSc).
David Lawson's Affiliation
David Lawson's Research
My research has two main strands. Firstly, as an evolutionary anthropologist I am interested in the ultimate forces and evolved proximate mechanisms that account for human behavioural diversity. Much of my research concerns the application of evolutionary life history theory and models of parental investment to the study of family structure. I am a member of the Evolutionary Demography Group.
Secondly, as a population health scientist I am interested in the ecological, socioeconomic and cultural determinants of human wellbeing and its distribution within society, particularly with regard to child health in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes consideration of the design and evaluation of initiatives aimed at improving wellbeing and reducing health inequality.
For up to date information on my research projects and publications please see my personal website. If you are a graduate student at LSHTM, I welcome enquires regarding project supervision and research collaboration.
- Child health
- Global Health
- Development studies
- Euro area
- Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
Low fertility increases descendant socioeconomic position but reduces long-term fitness in a modern post-industrial society.
Goodman, A.; Koupil, I.; Lawson, D.W.;
Proc Biol Sci, 2012; 279(1746):4342-51
The life-history trade-off between fertility and child survival.
Lawson, D.W. ; Alvergne, A. ; Gibson, M.A. ;
Proc Biol Sci, 2012; 279(1748):4755-64
Parental investment and the optimization of human family size.
Lawson, D.W.; Mace, R.;
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2011; 366(1563):333-43
Siblings and childhood mental health: Evidence for a later-born advantage.
Lawson, D.W.; Mace, R.;
Soc Sci Med, 2010;
Sibling configuration and childhood growth in contemporary British families
Lawson, D.W.; Mace, R.
International Journal of Epidemiology, 2008; 37(6):1408-1421
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