Dr. Emily Emott is a Human Behavioral Ecologist at University College London with research expertise in extended and institutional child rearing systems in developed populations and its implications for health and wellbeing. She is particularly interested in the role of wider social support and how this influences infant feeding behavior and adolescent health-related behaviors.
Humans evolved as “cooperative and communal breeders,” where children are raised collectively by many caregivers. In Emily’s research, she investigates the nature and consequences of such cooperative childrearing with an interdisciplinary approach that builds on a human behavioral ecological framework. She is a mixed method researcher with specialism in complex data analysis.
Emily has experience working in academia, charities, and the public sector, and is currently a lead lecturer and senior tutor at UCL Anthropology.