Invited speakers

Alison Booth: Gender Differences in Risk Aversion: Do Single-Sex Environments Affect their Development?

BoothAlison Booth (FASSA) is Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London and of the IZA Bonn, and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. She obtained her PhD from the London School of Economics in 1984. Booth was President of the European Association of Labour Economists from 2006-2008, and was Editor-in-chief of Labour Economics from 1999-2004. Her current research interests lie in the fields of labour market and behavioural economics.

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder: “My Kin are Witches” – Life in an African Village in an Era of Globalization

Borgerhoff MulderMonique Borgerhoff Mulder, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, is a human behavioural ecologist working on projects relating to life history, conservation, and global patterns of cultural variation. She does fieldwork in East Africa investigating issues relating to human life history variation, fertility, marriage, inheritance, divorce, sexual conflict, health and household economics, with recent focus on the extent and transmission of inequality. Monique also works on the evolutionary and applied aspects of natural resource management, particularly with respect to conflicts over land use and community conservation, and is involved in the implementation of many conservation and development interventions in Africa.

Lena Edlund: I do, I do, I do — family law and how the West won

EdlundLena Edlund is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the economics of gender and family, interests that have also led her to evolutionary biology and life-history analysis. Lena’s past research has analyzed the impact of marriage and partner market conditions on sex allocation. She has studied son preference and sex selective abortion, dowry determination, why cities in the industrialized world are more female, and sex allocation at the individual level. She has also been interested in the importance of female inheritance for the gender wealth distribution and the legal framework governing formal marriages across cultures, an interest that has led to studies of markets for sex and children, consent regimes (parental or individual consent), and the alignment of political preferences along gender lines in the wake of the sexual revolution ushered in by the Pill. Lena’s current research focuses on maternal conditions and child outcomes.

Michael Jennions: A biologist’s perspective on sexual conflict in humans. Just another animal?

JennionsMichael Jennions is a professor of evolutionary biology at the Australian National University’s College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, where his research covers a range of questions in behavioural ecology. Michael’s research is primarily about the effects of sexual selection and life history trade-offs on reproductive decisions (e.g. mate choice, strategic sperm allocation, parental care, mate desertion, age at maturity and sex allocation). He is mainly interested in predictions from general theory that should be applicable across a broad spectrum of species. Although he is not a modeller, Michael has a long-standing interest in understanding the fundamental forces of selection that lead to the evolution of sex differences, and has collaborated with mathematically minded colleagues in this area. Finally, he is also a keen promoter of the use of meta-analysis to provide a quantitative approach to interpreting the scientific literature.

Hillard Kaplan: An ecological framework for understanding the role of men in families

hkaplansmHillard Kaplan is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. His research examines the evolution of the human life course. This work has at various times focused on food sharing, fertility decisions, parental investment, sex roles, subsistence behavior, intelligence, and life span. His empirical work draws on fieldwork with a number of populations including the Ache (Paraguay), Mashco-Piro (Peru), Yora/Yaminahua (Peru), Machiguenga (Peru), and Xhosa (South Africa). His past work on fertility and parental investment has also drawn on a data collected from men living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hanna Kokko: How to make sense of male care strategies

KokkoHanna Kokko is a Professor of evolutionary ecology at the Australian National University, with a longstanding interest in conflicts between individuals and the consequences for larger units (families, populations, species). She uses mathematical modelling to understand questions such as parental care, sexual selection, dispersal, and competition for resources essential for breeding.


Jason Potts: Cooperation and Conflict in Innovation Commons

PottsJason Potts is an evolutionary economist who specialises in economic growth, institutional and behavioural economics, and the economics of technological change. He has written five books, including two on the foundations of evolutionary economic theory and one on creative industries and economic evolution. He is currently an editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics, and holds an ARC Future Fellowship examining the role of user collaboration in the early stages of emerging technologies. He is currently a Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Paul Seabright: Can modern biology help in understanding gender conflicts in the 21st century home and workplace?

SeabrightPaul Seabright teaches Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics, is Director (since September 2012) of the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST), and is a member of the Institut d’Economie Industrielle. Paul’s research lies in three areas of microeconomics: industrial organization and competition policy; the economics of networks and the digital society; and behavioral economics (especially the integration of evolutionary biology and anthropology with an understanding of the development of economic institutions in the very long run).