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The CECD is an AHRC funded research group dedicated to examining the evolutionary underpinnings of human cultural behaviour, past and present. more>

   
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Research Fellows Profile
Dr Laura Fortunato
Omidyar Fellow, Santa Fe Institute

Email: fortunato@santafe.edu

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Funding
UCL Graduate School Scholarship for Cross-Disciplinary Training (2006-07);
UCL Graduate School Research Scholarship (2004-07, suspended 2006-07, resumed 2007-08);
ESRC 1 + 3 Research Studentship (2003-07, suspended 2006-07, resumed 2007-08);
University of Padova, Faculties of Science and Engineering Fondazione Gini Award (2003-04; 2004-05).
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Research and Teaching interests
I use theory and methods developed in evolutionary biology to investigate the evolution of kinship and marriage systems.
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Educational Background
Research Fellow, School of Biology, University of St Andrews (July-October 2009)

Cross-Disciplinary Training, Dept of Biology, UCL (2006-2007)
PhD Anthropology, Dept of Anthropology, UCL (enrolled 2004, suspended 2006-07, resumed 2007-08)
MRes Anthropology, Dept of Anthropology, UCL (Distinction, 2004)
Laurea Biological Sciences (5-yr programme), Dept of Biology, University of Padova (Summa cum laude, 2003)
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Associated Links:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucsalfo/EDP
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/heeg/Laura_Fortunato.htm


Associated Continuing AHRC CEACB Projects (Phase 1):
Project 036
Modelling cultural evolution in Indo-European groups


Associated Publications - AHRC CECD - phase 2:
Fortunato, L. & Archetti, M (2010).
Evolution of monogamous marriage by maximization of inclusive fitness.Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Vol 23(1). 149-156.
Fortunato, L. and R. Mace (2009).
Testing functional hypotheses about cross-cultural variation: a maximum-likelihood comparative analysis of Indo-European marriage practices.S. J. Shennan (ed.). Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution. University of California Press. 235-249.
Fortunato, L (2008).
A phylogenetic approach to the history of cultural practices.Allen, N. J., Callan, H., Dunbar, R. & James, W. (eds.). Early human kinship: from sex to social reproduction. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.: Malden, MA. 189-199.
Fortunato, L (2007).
Beyond the Ethnographic Atlas: cross-cultural data and the comparative analysis of human cultural practices.EHBES 2007 Conference.
Fortunato, L., C. J. Holden and R. Mace (2006).
From bridewealth to dowry? A Bayesian estimation of ancestral states of marriage transfers in Indo-European groups .Human Nature . Vol 17(4). 355-376.
Associated Publications - AHRC CEACB - phase 1:
Fortunato, L. and R. Mace (2009).
Testing functional hypotheses about cross-cultural variation: a maximum-likelihood comparative analysis of Indo-European marriage practices.S. J. Shennan (ed.). Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution. University of California Press. 235-249.
Fortunato, L (2008).
A phylogenetic approach to the history of cultural practices.Allen, N. J., Callan, H., Dunbar, R. & James, W. (eds.). Early human kinship: from sex to social reproduction. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.: Malden, MA. 189-199.
Fortunato, L (2007).
Beyond the Ethnographic Atlas: cross-cultural data and the comparative analysis of human cultural practices.EHBES 2007 Conference.