Santa Fe Institute


Research Themes

Research Projects

Interest Areas

  • Anthropology
  • Evolution of social behavior
  • Phylogenetic Methods and their Applications


Interview with Laura Fortunato

Laura Fortunato

External Professor

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow in Evolutionary Anthropology at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, University of Oxford


Laura's research aims to understand the evolution of human social and cultural behaviour, working at the interface of biology and anthropology. Three areas of ongoing research are the evolution of human family systems, the study of how culture changes over time, and the emergence of cooperation and complexity in human social systems.

Her work combines theoretical and statistical methods developed in biology with theory and data drawn from the historical and social sciences. She holds a Laurea in biological sciences from the University of Padova and an MRes and PhD in anthropology from University College London.


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