Dr Alexandra Alvergne

Fellow and Tutor in Anthropology; Associate Professor of Biocultural Anthropology

Dr Alvergne is Associate Professor of Biocultural Anthropology in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College. Her research interests span the fields of Anthropology, Evolution, Ecology, Public Health and Medicine.

Her most recent research focuses on understanding contraceptive and vaccination dynamics using ecological and cultural evolution approaches (see personal website ). Selected publications include:

  • Voinson, M., Billiard, S., Alvergne, A. (2015) Beyond rational decision-making: modelling the influence of cognitive biases on the dynamics of vaccination coverage. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0142990.
  • Alvergne, A. & Lummaa, V. (2014) Ecological variation in wealth–fertility relationships in Mongolia: the “central theoretical problem of sociobiology” not a problem after all? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1796), 20141733.
  • Alvergne, A., Lawson, D. W., Clarke, P. M. R., Gurmu, E. & Mace, R. (2013) Fertility, parental investment, and the early adoption of modern contraception in rural Ethiopia. American Journal of Human Biology, 25(1), 107-115

Alex is also developing research in the field of evolutionary medicine and in this line; she co-edited the forthcoming book “Evolutionary Thinking in Medicine: From Research to Policy and Practice” together with C. Faurie and C. Jenkinson (2016, Springer).

She is currently running the project “Putting Big Data into Action: Combining a Digital Period Tracker with Anthropological Insight to Empower Women to Take Control over their Reproductive Health”, together with the European start-up Clue, thanks to a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship awarded  by the Social Sciences Division (ESRC Impact Acceleration Account).

Alex received her PhD from the University of Montpellier, France, in 2009. Her doctoral studies were in the field of Human Evolutionary Ecology, for which she won the 2009 New Investigator Award from the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association.

In the School of Anthropology, Alex is the Course Director for the Medical Anthropology master’s programme (year 2015-2016) and she runs the lecture-series Evolution in Public Health and Medicine for graduates in Medical Anthropology and undergraduates in Human Sciences and Archaeology & Anthropology.



Postal Address
Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Road
United Kingdom