Ruth Mace

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8845

Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 8632

E-mail: r.mace@ucl.ac.uk

Room: 221

DPhil, Zoology, University of Oxford, 1987
Elected Fellow of the British Academy, 2008
Visiting Professorship to Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 2014
Visiting Professorship  Lanzhou University, Life Sciences, 2016-2019

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology
Convenor of the Human Evolutionary Ecology Group
Tutor for the MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour


General Interests

  • Evolutionary demography and life history, particularly empirical studies focussing on traditional African populations
  • Phylogenetic approaches to culture and language evolution, including comparative methods for testing cross-cultural hypotheses, and understanding the origins of kinship, family and social systems
  • Co-operation and competition, within families and within wider groups
  • Cultural transmission and the establishment of social norms

Current Research Projects

  • The evolutionary ecology of reproduction in a rural, Gambian population, using historical demographic records
  • Phylogenetic approaches to linguistic, cultural and bio-cultural evolution in sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific and Europe.
  • Village-level studies of the impact of development initiatives on fertility and mortality in rural Ethiopia, including contraceptive uptake and social networks.
  • The evolutionary ecology of matriliny in China
  • The evolutionary ecology of prosocial norms in India
  • Family structure, parental investment and child development in the UK

Current PhD Students

  • Sarah Peacey (NERC funded) degree expected 2019
  • Juan Du (China Scholarship Council), degree expected 2016
  • Mimi Guillon (self funded), degree expected 2014

Recent PhD Students

  • Antonio Silva, degree awarded 2016
  • Abram van Leeuwen, degree awarded 2016
  • Matthew Thomas, degree awarded 2016
  • Caroline Uggla, degree awarded 2015
  • Emily Emmott, degree awarded 2015
  • Nicolas Montalva, degree awarded in 2014
  • Heidi Colleran, degree awarded in 2012
  • David Lawson, degree awarded in 2010
  • Shakti Lamba, degree awarded in 2010
  • Laura Fortunato, degree awarded in 2009
  • Tom Currie, degree awarded in 2009
  • Fiona Jordan, degree awarded in 2007
  • Eshetu Gurmu, degree awarded in 2005
  • Mhairi Gibson, degree awarded in 2002
  • Rebecca Sear, degree awarded in 2001
  • Clare Holden, degree awarded in 1999