MA, BA(hons), BSc
I commenced my PhD in March 2014, after several years working in health services research and research management. My original academic background was focused on physics and on moral philosophy (BSc, BAhons and MA from the University of Otago) and I have also worked on personal identity, metaphysics, and conceptual change.
My PhD thesis applies tools from philosophy of biology to the evolution of religion and human social complexity. I'm specifically interested in what signalling theory and multi-level selection can say about the emergence of religion and complex societies in the Holocene transition. My research includes work on conceptual issues in the scientific literature, and simulation work on game-theoretic signalling models and their application to cultural evolution and ritual practices. I have also published co-authored work on formal models of signalling in Philosophy of Science and Biology and Philosophy.
Updated publication list and other details at my ORCID profile: orcid.org/0000-0001-5732-8750
Philosophy of Biology. Evolution of religion. Evolution of cooperation. Cultural evolution. History and Philosophy of Science. Philosophy of Medicine. Formal modelling. Metaphysics. Ethics. Health Services Research.
Cultural Evolution Society
Philosophy of Science Association
Australasian Association of Philosophy
Australasian Research Management Society
POLS 1008 – PPE Integrative Seminar (2016) – tutor
PHIL 2082 – Sex & Death: the Philosophy of Biology (2015) – co-convenor & lecturer
PHIL 2042/MATH1042 – Philosophy of the Cosmos (2015) – guest lecturer & tutor
PHIL 2057 – Philosophy of Science (2014) – co-convenor & tutor