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A multidisciplinary approach to understanding the evolution of human healthcare networks


   Faculty of Natural Sciences


About the Project

Human healthcare networks are unique in the animal kingdom. While many species provide care to kin (genetic relatives), humans are the only species which also provide widespread, cooperative care to strangers (i.e., doctors, nurses). Humans incorporate two overlapping, but complementary networks – kin care and stranger care.
This PhD project will be a multidisciplinary investigation of how multi-level healthcare networks (kin care and stranger care) evolved in humans. It will include cross-cultural studies of the variation in healthcare networks in humans and developing interactive, game-based models which will simulate the evolution of multi-level care networks under various conditions. The results will be useful for understanding the formation, variation, and resilience of multi-level healthcare networks in humans, information that should have both theoretical and practical applications as we battle a global pandemic.

Funding Notes

The PhD project is self-funded. Tuition fees are available at: View Website

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