I am interested in the ways that child development varies across cultures and through time. In Congo I have conducted research on the age structure of hunter-gatherer communities, and its relationship to patterns of child development. The age distribution of hunter-gatherer camps is an important influence on the kinds of care and socialisation that is provided to children (who is around to feed and protect children, and for children to learn from); and it is a prerequisite for inferring rates of birth and death. I also maintain an active research program in Ethiopia focused on community health and child development.

Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/people/research_staff/e_stevenson

Blog: http://humanview.org/