Dr Thomas Currie
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Evolution

Research

Research interests

Grants/Funding:

July 2014 - April 2017 Axial Age Religions and the Z-curve of Human Inequality. The John Templeton Foundation. Co-PI with Peter Turchin (University of Connecticut, Storrs & The Evolution Institute) and Harvey Whitehouse (University of Oxford)

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015 The Deep Roots of the Modern World: The cultural evolution of economic growth and political stability. Tricoastal Foundation. Co-PI with Peter Turchin (University of Connecticut, Storrs & The Evolution Institute)

2013 National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) short-term visitor award
Simulating the Evolution of Social Complexity

2010 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (standard)
A Phylogenetic Approach to Investigating Cultural Evolution 

2010 National Evolutionary Synthesis Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship 
A Phylogenetic Approach to Investigating Cultural Evolution (award declined due to taking up another award) 

2009 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (short-term)
The Evolutionary Ecology of Human Groups

2008 University College London Graduate School Overseas Conference Grant
The Evolution of Political Complexity: Investigating a major trend in human history

2007 ESRC/NERC Overseas Institutional Visit Award
3-month institutional visit to the University of Auckland, New Zealand 

2006 University College London Graduate School Overseas Conference Grant
The relative importance of the face and body in judgments of human attractiveness

2005 ESRC/NERC Interdisciplinary Studentship
The Evolutionary Ecology of Human Groups

Research projects

Seshat: Global History Databank

This interdisciplinary project brings together the most current and comprehensive body of knowledge about human history in one place. Our unique Databank systematically collects what is currently known about the social and political organization of human societies and how civilizations have evolved over time.

http://seshatdatabank.info/

 

 

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