Dr Rebecca Sear
BSc PGDip MSc PhD
My 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), I taught demography at the London School of Economics for 8 years before becoming a Reader in Evolutionary Anthropology at Durham University.
I am currently Head of the Department of Population Health.
I'm Module Organiser for the Population Studies module, both face-to-face and distance learning versions. I also teach on the modules Demographic Methods and Research Design & Analysis.
I'm co-lead of the Demography Pathway in the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership.
I'm an interdisciplinary researcher, working somewhere between the biological and social sciences, interested in explaining why people do the things they do. The academic research areas I most closely identify with are evolutionary demography and human behavioural ecology. A significant focus of my research is on the family; in particular, whether family influence fertility and child health. But I'm also interested in exploring interactions between health and reproduction (how much does health explain reproduction and reproduction explain health?); and health inequalities. Initially my research was focused sub-Saharan Africa, but I am now interested in comparative work, testing the same hypotheses in a variety of ecological settings worldwide to establish their ecological variability.
In 2008, I co-founded the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association, and I'm currently Honorary Secretary of the British Society for Population Studies and a Board Member of the Evolutionary Anthropology Society.