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.