A research group at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus using evolutionary theory to explain human behaviour, cognition, culture and society

Human Behaviour and Cultural Evolution Group

Members of the Human Behaviour and Cultural Evolution Group (HuBCEG) at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus apply evolutionary theory and methods to study human behaviour, cognition, life histories, cultural evolution and social complexity.


We conduct research in cultural evolution (Currie, Mesoudi, Lamba, Thornton), human life history evolution (Postma, Russell), human behavioural ecology (Cant, Lamba), comparative cognition and animal behaviour (Cant, Dall, Russell, Thornton), primatology and conservation (Hockings), theoretical ecology (Dall, Kuijper) and nongenetic inheritance (Dall, Kuijper, Mesoudi).


We bring together expertise in lab experiments, ethnographic fieldwork, field experiments, historical and cross-cultural analyses, theoretical modelling, and non-human comparative methods.


Please see the People and Publications pages for more details.

Events / news

  • 15 Nov 2018: Biosciences seminar by Prof Fiona Jordan (University of Bristol): "Cultural evolution of human kinship diversity: the micro and macro of talking about family" (Host: Alex Mesoudi)

HuBCEG meets every week during term time to discuss papers or hear talks from our members or external guests. Please contact Lotty Brand for information.


Students interested in applying for a PhD studentship via the ESRC South-West Doctoral Training Partnership please contact a potential supervisor directly (deadline 29th Jan 2019).


For more details of past and future events see the Events page.

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