Publications

 

Project 1

Edited Volumes
2016 Lawson DW, Sear R, Shenk M, Stearns S, Kaplan H. (Editors). Understanding variation in human fertility: What can we learn from evolutionary demography? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
2014 Gibson MA & Lawson DW. (Editors). Applied Evolutionary Anthropology: Darwinian approaches to contemporary world issues. Published by Springer, as part of a new EHBEA book series.
 Journal Articles
submitted Hedges S, Sear R, Todd J, Urassa M, Lawson DW. Trade-offs in children’s time allocation: Mixed support for embodied capital models of the demographic transition in Tanzania.
submitted Lawson DW, Gibson MA. Polygynous marriage and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa: What is the evidence for harm?
2017 Lawson DW, Núñez-de la Mora A, Cooper GD, Prentice AM, Moore SE, Sear R. Marital status and sleeping arrangements predict salivary testosterone levels in rural Gambian men. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology 3: 221-240.
2017 Lawson DW, Schaffnit SB, Hassan A, Ngadaya E, Ngowi B, Mfinanga SGM, James S, Borgerhoff Mulder M. Father absence but not fosterage predicts food insecurity, relative poverty and poor child health in northern Tanzania. American Journal of Human Biology 29: e22938.
2016 Sear R, Lawson DW, Kaplan H, Shenk M.  Understanding variation in human fertility: What can we learn from evolutionary demography? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 371, 20150144
2016 Lawson DW & Borgerhoff Mulder M. The offspring quantity-quality trade-off and human fertility variation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 371, 20150145
2016 Lawson DW, James S, Ngadaya E, Ngowi B, Mfinanga SGM, Borgerhoff Mulder M. Reply to Rieger and Wagner: Context matters when studying purportedly harmful cultural practices. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
2016 Hedges S, Borgerhoff Mulder M, James S, Lawson DW. Sending children to school: rural livelihoods and parental investment in education in northern Tanzania. Evolution & Human Behavior 37:142-151 .
2015 Lawson DW, James S, Ngadaya E, Ngowi B, Mfinanga SGM, Borgerhoff Mulder M. No evidence that polygynous marriage is a harmful cultural practice in northern Tanzania. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112(45), 13827-13832.
2015 Gibson MA & Lawson DW. Applying Evolutionary Anthropology. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews 24(1): 3-14.
2014 Lawson DW, Borgerhoff Mulder M, Ghiselli ME, Ngadaya E, Ngowi B, Mfinanga SGM, Hartwig K. & James S. Ethnicity and child health in northern Tanzania: Maasai pastoralists are disadvantaged compared to neighbouring ethnic groups. PLoS ONE 9(10): e110447
2014 Pound N, Lawson DW, Penton-Voak I, Toma AM & Richmond R. Facial fluctuating asymmetry is not associated with childhood ill-health in a large British cohort study. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
2013  Lawson DW, Makoli A, Goodman A. Sibling configuration predicts individual and descendant socioeconomic success in a modern post-industrial society. PLoS ONE 8(9): e73698
2013 Nettle D, Gibson MA, Lawson DW & Sear R. Human behavioral ecology: Current research and future prospects. Behavioral Ecology 24: 1031-40.
2013 Alvergne A, Lawson DW, Clarke PMR, Gurmu E & Mace R. Fertility, parental investment, and the early adoption of modern contraception in rural EthiopiaAmerican Journal of Human Biology. 25:107-15.
2012 Lawson DW, Alvergne A. & Gibson MA. The life-history trade-off between fertility and child survivalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279: 4755-4764
2012 Goodman A, Koupil I & Lawson DW. Low fertility increases descendant socioeconomic position but reduces long-term fitness in a modern post-industrial societyProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279: 4342-4351
2011 Lawson DW & Mace R. Parental investment and the optimization of human family sizePhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366: 333-343.
2011 Gibson MA & Lawson DW. ‘Modernization’ increases parental investment and sibling resource competition: evidence from a rural development initiative in Ethiopia. Evolution & Human Behavior 32: 97-105
2010 Lawson DW & Mace R. Siblings and childhood mental health: evidence for a later-born advantageSocial Science and Medicine 70: 2061-2069.
2010 Lawson DW & Mace R. Optimizing modern family size: trade-offs between fertility and the economic costs of reproductionHuman Nature 21: 39-61.
2009 Lawson DW & Mace R. Trade-offs in modern parenting: a longitudinal study of sibling competition for parental care. Evolution & Human Behavior 30: 170-183.
2008 Lawson DW & Mace R. Sibling configuration and childhood growth in contemporary British familiesInternational Journal of Epidemiology 37: 1408-1421.
2007 Scott BE, Lawson DW & Curtis V. Hard to handle: understanding mother’s handwashing behaviour in Ghana. Health Policy & Planning 22: 216-224.
2007 Sear R, Lawson DW & Dickins, T. Synthesis in the human evolutionary behavioural sciencesJournal of Evolutionary Psychology 5: 3-28.
Book Chapters
submitted Lawson DW & Gibson MA. Evolutionary Anthropology and Population Issues in International Development. In Sear R, Burger O & Lee R. Human Evolutionary Demography. 
in press Gibson MA & Lawson DW. Population issues in development. International Encyclopedia of Anthropology.  Wiley.
2014 Gibson MA & Lawson DW. Applying evolutionary anthropology to a changing worldIn Gibson M.A. & Lawson, D.W. (Eds). Applied Evolutionary Anthropology: Darwinian Approaches to Contemporary World Issues. New York: Springer
2014 Lawson DW & Uggla C. Family structure and health in the developing world: what can evolutionary anthropology contribute to population health science? In Gibson M.A. & Lawson, D.W. (Eds) Applied Evolutionary Anthropology: Darwinian Approaches to Contemporary World Issues. New York: Springer
2011 Lawson DW. Life history theory and human reproductive behavior. In Swami, V. (Ed) Evolutionary Psychology: A Critical Introduction pp. 183-214. BPS: Blackwell.
 Commentaries and Book Reviews
2015 Lawson DW & Hedges S. The costs and benefits of child labor [Comment on Lancy D. ‘Children as a reserve labor force’]. Current Anthropology 56, 545-568.
2014 Lawson DW & James S. Maasai in Tanzania: World fame but empty stomachs. Improving Nutrition and Food Security: Guardian Global Development Professionals Network. Dec 2014.
2013 Nettle D, Gibson M, Lawson DW & Sear R. How much you need to engage with mechanism depends on what you are trying to do: A response to commentaries on ‘Human Behavioral Ecology: current research and future prospects’. Behavioral Ecology 24: 1046-1047 .
2011 Lawson DW. A review of ‘Animal homosexuality: a biosocial approach’ by A. Poiani. Animal Behaviour 81, 499.
2008 Lawson DW, Jordan FM & Magid K. On sex and suicide bombing: an evaluation of Kanazawa’s ‘Evolutionary Psychological Imagination’Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 6: 73-84.
2007 Lawson DW. Frustrated felines and excited ungulates: a review of ‘Homosexual behaviour in animals – an evolutionary perspective’ Edited by V. Sommer and P. Vasey. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 5: 257-260.
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