Dr Thomas Currie
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Evolution

External responsibilities

Awards/Honorary fellowships

2007 New Investigator Award, Human Behavior and Evolution Society
Explaining the Latitudinal Gradient in Human Cultural Diversity

Committee/panel activities

2006-2008 Treasurer of the London Evolutionary Research Network; society for post-graduate students engaged in evolutionary research

Editorial responsibilities

2014 - present Book Review Editor. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History

2013 - present Thematic Editor for Resources, Seshat: A Historical Database of Cultural Evolution

2006 - present Academic Journal Reviewer
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Current Anthropology, Evolution and Human Behavior, American Anthropologist, PLOS One, Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective,

Invited lectures

2014 Department of Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK (invited seminar)

2013 Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK. Student Conference. (Keynote talk)

2013 NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. (invited seminar)
2013 phyloseminar.org, (invited online seminar)
2012 Royal Society, Kavli Centre, Bucks, UK  (invited workshop presentation)
2012 AnthroTree workshop. University of Amherst, MA, USA. (invited lecture)
2012 NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. (invited conference presentation)
2012 Department of Anthropology, University College London, University College London, UK. (invited seminar)
2010 AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity, UCL, UK. (invited conference presentation)
2010 Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama Campus, Tokyo, Japan (invited conference presentation)
2010 Department of Environmental Science & Policy, University of California, Davis, USA. (invited seminar)
2010 Human Behavior and Evolution Society of Japan, University of Kyoto, Japan. (invited workshop presentation)
2010 Graduate University for Advanced Studies: Sokendai, Hayama, Japan. (invited workshop presentation)
2009 Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems. The Graduate University for Advanced Studies: Sokendai, Hayama, Japan. (invited seminar)  
2009 National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan. (invited seminar)
2008 British Association for the Advancement of Science Festival of Science, University of Liverpool, UK. (invited conference presentation)

Media Coverage

Nature (News & Views) - “Political Evolution” by Jared Diamond. From Nature issue 467. Published 14 October, 2010. Link
Nature (Podcast) – Interview about the paper Rise and fall of political complexity in island South-East Asia and the Pacific by Currie et al. Published October 14, 2010. Link

Nature (News) – “Societies evolve in steps” by Kerri Smith. Published online October 13, 2010. Link

Discover Magazine - “How Societies Slowly Rise—and Suddenly Fall” by Andrew Curry. From the April 2011 issue; published online June 16, 2011 Link

Wired - “Culture Evolves Slowly, Falls Apart Quickly” by Brandon Keim. Published October 13, 2010. Link

TPM (The Philosopher’s Magazine) – “Do Societies Evolve?” by Mat Iredale. From issue 52. Published February 7, 2011. Link

The Columbus Dispatch – “Measuring a society's political evolution” by Bradley T. Lepper. Published December 5, 2010. Link

PlanetEarth Online – “Faces more important than bodies in mating game” by Tom Marshall. Published September 25, 2009 Link

Workshops/Conferences organised

2014 Workshop Organizer 'Modelling Agricultural Productivity in Historic and Prehsitoric Societies', University of Oxford

2008 Symposium Organizer ‘Cultural Phylogenetics: Cultural Evolution branches out
Symposium, Human Behaviour & Evolution Society, University of Kyoto, Japan

2007 Workshop Organizer ‘Modern Approaches to Investigating Cultural Evolution
one-day workshop, University College London, UK

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