A research group at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus using evolutionary theory to explain human behaviour, cognition, culture and society

Human Behaviour and Cultural Evolution Group

Members of the Human Behaviour and Cultural Evolution Group (HuBCEG) at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus apply evolutionary theory and methods to study human behaviour, cognition, life histories, cultural evolution and social complexity.


We conduct research in cultural evolution (Currie, Mesoudi, Lamba, Thornton), human life history evolution (Postma, Russell), human behavioural ecology (Cant, Lamba), comparative cognition and animal behaviour (Cant, Dall, Russell, Thornton), primatology and conservation (Hockings), theoretical ecology (Dall, Kuijper) and nongenetic inheritance (Dall, Kuijper, Mesoudi).


We bring together expertise in lab experiments, ethnographic fieldwork, field experiments, historical and cross-cultural analyses, theoretical modelling, and non-human comparative methods.


Please see the People and Publications pages for more details.

Events / news

HuBCEG meets every week during term time to discuss papers or hear talks from our members or external guests. Please contact Dugald Foster for information.


For more details of past and future events see the Events page.

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