What we do
My research studies the evolution of cooperation and culture in humans. I am trying to understand how demographic processes (e.g. population expansions and migration) and cultural transmission shape human behaviour. I am interested in understanding how humans solve large-scale cooperative dilemmas such as building and maintaining public works and sharing resources. I am also studying the uptake and transmission of innovations, including health and agricultural policies, in central and northeast India. An emphasis of my work is to understand how insights from evolutionary research on human behaviour may be applied to create more effective policies in the context of shared public goods and the uptake of new innovations. I use methods from across the biological and social sciences. These include running economic experiments, collecting observational and survey data, social network and demographic data.