Dr Alexandra Alvergne

Supernumerary Fellow

Alex ALVERGNE | CNRS Research Fellow (Institute for Evolutionary Sciences, Montpellier University, France)

My research focuses on understanding the relationship between reproduction and health in contemporary human populations. Most recently, I have been working on contraceptive dynamics using ecological and cultural evolution approaches.

I seek to understand the role of the environment, be it social, cultural or pathogenic, in shaping diversity in reproductive and non-reproductive health. Some of the questions I am currently interested in are :

  • Why do women discontinue modern contraception whilst in need of contraceptives ?
  • What is the impact of infection on menstrual health ?
  • How can we understand diversity in age at menopause ?
  • What is the impact of reproduction on ageing ?

To answer those questions, I use various types of data (demographic, physiological, social networks, behavioural) from constrasted populations (the UK, India, Ethiopia and France).

Before joining CNRS, I have been an Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College.

Postal Address
Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
Oxford
OX1 3TD
United Kingdom