Dr Rebecca Sear
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Rebecca Sear's Background
Rebecca's background is interdisciplinary: after an education in Zoology (BSc, Nottingham University), Statistics (Diploma, University College London) and Biological Anthropology (MSc and PhD, Unversity College London), she taught demography at the London School of Economics for 8 years before becoming a Reader in Evolutionary Anthropology at Durham University. She took up her current post as Reader in Population and Health at LSHTM in April 2012, and now heads the Evolutionary Demography Group.
Rebecca Sear's Affiliation
Rebecca Sear's Research
Rebecca's research interests lie in human behavioural ecology and evolutionary demography, mainly focused in two areas: investigating the impact of kin on reproductive outcomes and examining interactions between health and reproduction. Initially her research was based in sub-Saharan Africa, but she is now interested in comparative work, testing the same hypotheses in a variety of ecological settings to establish their ecological variability. She is currently working on a European Research Council funded project 'Family matters: intergenerational influences on fertility', which aims to test the influence of kin on fertility across a range of populations, using both small-scale datasets from traditional susbsistence populations and large-scale, nationally representative demographic datasets.
- Child health
Does the kin orientation of a British woman's social network influence her entry into motherhood?
Mathews, P.; Sear, R.
Demographic Research, 2013; 28:313-340
Kin influences on fertility in Thailand: Effects and mechanisms
Snopkowski, K.; Sear, R.
Evolution and Human Behavior, 2013; 34(2):130-138
Human behavioral ecology: current research and future prospects
Nettle, D.; Gibson, M. A.; Lawson, D. W.; Sear, R.
Behavioral Ecology, 2013; 24(5):1031-1040
How much does family matter? Cooperative breeding and the demographic transition
Sear, R.; Coall, D.A.
Population and Development Review, 2011; 37(Supplement s1):81-112
Does wealth increase parental investment biases in child education? Evidence from two African populations on the cusp of the fertility transition.
Gibson, M.A.; Sear, R.
Current Anthropology, 2010; 51(5):693-701
How universal are human mate choices? Size does not matter when Hadza foragers are choosing a mate
Sear, R.; Marlowe, F.W.
Biology Letters, 2009; 5:606-609
Kin and child survival in rural Malawi - Are matrilineal kin always beneficial in a matrilineal society?
Human Nature-an Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective, 2008; 19(3):277-293
Who keeps children alive? A review of the effects of kin on child survival
Sear, R.; Mace, R.
Evolution and Human Behavior, 2008; 29(1):1-18
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