Dr David Lawson PhD, MSc, BSc

Research Fellow in Population Health

About David Lawson

Evolutionary Anthropologist and Population Health Scientist

David Lawson's Background

Personal website

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

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.

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.


Research areas

  • Child health
  • Fertility
  • Global Health


  • Anthropology
  • Demography
  • Development studies


  • Euro area
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • Tanzania
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