Rebecca Sear

Reader in Population and Health
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Rebecca Sear

Rebecca's background is interdisciplinary: having received training in zoology, statistics and biological anthropology, she has spent most of her career teaching demography, first at the London School of Economics and now at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She took up her current post as Reader in Population and Health at LSHTM in April 2012, and now heads the Evolutionary Demography Group there. Rebecca's research interests lie in evolutionary demography, mainly focused in two areas: investigating the impact of kin on reproductive outcomes and examining interactions between health and reproduction. Initially her research was based in sub-Saharan Africa, but she is now interested in comparative work, testing the same hypotheses in a variety of ecological settings to establish their ecological variability. She is currently working on a European Research Council funded project 'Family matters: intergenerational influences on fertility', which aims to test the influence of kin on fertility across a range of populations, using both small-scale datasets from traditional subsistence populations and large-scale, nationally representative demographic datasets.

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