Dr Shakti Lamba
ESRC Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Human Behavioural Ecology


I study the evolution of sociality and culture in humans. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms and processes that lead to the evolution of cooperation, and in particular, the role of demographic patterns and cultural transmission. Since 2007 I have been working with populations of the Pahari Korwa, a small-scale, forager-horticulturist society in India. My methods combine behavioural data collected via economic experiments as well as more naturalistic measures of behaviour with demographic, ecological and social data on individuals and populations.


2010 PhD in Biological Anthropology, University College London, UK
2004 MSc in Biology, University of Oxford, UK
2003 BSc (Honours) in Zoology, University of Delhi, India


2014-2017 ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow, University of Exeter, UK
2012-present Lecturer in Human Behavioural Ecology, University of Exeter, UK
Sept '12-Dec '12 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, Germany
2011-2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK
2006-2010 PhD at Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK
2004-2006 Research Assistant, Insect Behaviour Lab, Indian Institute of Science, India


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Centre for Ecology and Conservation
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus
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