Dr Rebecca Sear – Principle Investigator

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A significant focus of my research is on the family; in particular, whether family influence fertility and child health. 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.

Dr Abigail Page – Research Fellow
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Abbey is an anthropologist with a background in evolutionary approaches to human behaviour (in particular Human Behavioural Ecology). She studied cooperation and life history of the Agta foragers from the Philippines for her PhD; and her research aims to understand the relationship between the social and natural environment and behaviour, and ultimately how this influences health and wellbeing. She is currently exploring the  evolutionary concept of risk and how this affects parental decision-making in terms of offering care to children. This research has particular relevance to public health frameworks aiming to improve child health and development in a broad range of contexts.

Anushé Hassan – PhD student
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Anushé is researching relationships between father absence and child wellbeing, with a focus on the status of fostered and orphaned children in rural Tanzania. She conducted her PhD fieldwork in Kisesa Ward, Mwanza, Tanzania between July and November 2017, collecting quantitative and qualitative data on father absence, forms of paternal investment and child health outcomes (measured using anthropometrics). She is now analysing her data!

Estelle McLean – PhD student

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Estelle works for the Karonga Health and Demographic Surveillance Site in Northern Malawi and is undertaking her PhD part-time using this rich longitudinal data source to examine changing childhood and adolescent family structures and living arrangements, and their effect on puberty and reproductive outcomes.

Alyce Raybould – PhD student

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Alyce’s work focuses on the effect of household division of labour on childbearing intentions, and fulfilment of those intentions in high income countries.


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