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Professional Engagement

2018 Co-organiser (with Mhairi Gibson) of the workshop: Understanding ‘Harmful Cultural Practices’: Origins, Drivers and Behavior Change’ held at UCSB, March 19-20th 2018.
2016 Co-organiser (with Gert Stulp and Rebecca Sear) of the 2016 European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) annual conference to be held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, April 5th-8th 2016.
2013-2017 Invited research partner of the Linked Lives project at the Population Research Institute of Väestöliitto, the Finnish Family Federation.
2013-2015 Invited member of National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NEScent) Working Group on “Integrating Evolutionary Models of Human Fertility Change”.
2011-2013 Committee Member of the Biosocial Society
2011 Co-organiser (with Mhairi Gibson) of the workshop ‘Applied Evolutionary Anthropology: Darwinian Approaches to Contemporary World Issues’. Sept 2011. University of Bristol, UK
2007-2011 Co-founder, Steering Committee Member and Secretary of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA), and co-organiser of the 2007 EHBEA conference, London School of Economics, UK.

Funding and Awards

Population Health Scientist Fellowship, funded jointly by the UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development (2013-2016, LSHTM).
New Investigator Award, European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (2013)
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2010-2013, UCL)
UK Economic & Social Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2009-2010, LSHTM)
UK Economic & Social Research Council PhD Studentship (2005-2009, UCL)
Parkes Foundation Small Grant (2005, UCL).

Editing and Reviewing

Consulting Editor, Human Nature (2014 – present). Book Reviews Editor, Journal of Evolutionary Psychology (2007-2011). Peer Reviewer for: Annals of Human Biology, American Journal of Human Biology, Behavioural Ecology, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, Biology Letters, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Current Anthropology, Demographic Research, Evolution and Human Behaviour, Evolution Medicine and Public Health, Ethology, European Sociological Review, Evolutionary Psychology, Feminist Economics, Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology and Neuroscience, Human Ethnology Bulletin, Human Nature, Heredity, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Biosocial Science, Journal of Ethology, Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Journal of Marriage and the Family, PloS ONE, Population Research and Policy Review, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, PNAS, Public Health, Social Forces, Social Science and Medicine, The Sociological Quarterly.

Media Coverage

  • My research with Savannas Forever Tanzania on the challenges faced by the Maasai of Tanzania  (Lawson et al. 2014) was recently featured as the top story on Arise News – you can find a full video here. See also above for interview with South African Radio (SABC).
  • My research on facial asymmetry and child health (Pound, Lawson et al. 2014) was reported by the Economist.
  • My research on the demographic transition (Goodman, Koupil & Lawson 2012; Lawson & Mace 2011) was featured in the Economist and New Scientist, and my work on family structure and parental care (Lawson & Mace 2008; 2009) has been featured by BBC News and the The Guardian.