Dr David Lawson PhD, MSc, BSc
About David Lawson
Evolutionary Anthropologist and Population Health Scientist
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I am an evolutionary anthropologist and population health scientist. I have broad interests in the family, childhood and human well-being, particularly in the context of the social and demographic changes that accompany economic development. Since joining the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2013, the context of my research has narrowed to the study of vulnerable pastoralist (predominantly Maasai) and farming communities in northern Tanzania. I have previously worked on projects concerning a range of both European and African populations. Prior to joining LSHTM, I was based at the Department of Anthropology, University College London, where I received my PhD in 2009.
Active research topics include: the health implications of polygynous marriage, evolutionary perspectives on variation in human fertility, and time allocation trade-offs between children’s schooling and labour contributions to the household economy. I work closely with Savannas Forever Tanzania (SFTZ) an NGO based in Arusha (northeast Tanzania) specializing in the evaluation of rural development projects. With Sophie Hedges, I am also currently developing collaborative research at a long-term demographic surveillance site in Mwanza (northwest Tanzania) managed by the Tanzanian National Institute for Medical Research.
My current research is funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Department for International Development (DFID). I strongly encourage opportunities for research collaboration and the supervision of graduate students. The best thing about my job is collaborating with great people!
For up to date information on my research projects and publications (including PDFs) please see my personal website.
- 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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