Stockholm university

Research group Centre for Cultural Evolution

The Centre for Cultural Evolution conducts interdisciplinary research on the causal relationships that shape and change human culture in both the long and the short term.

Cultural evolution is not a label for a particular theory but a unifying field for interdisciplinary research on cultural emergence and change. Human culture is continuously changing, displays a stunning diversity and is present in most aspects of human life. The term ‘culture’ refers to its broadest meaning, including all phenomena that to some extent depend on social transmission, such as language, religion, laws, politics, technology, or art.

Our vision is to maintain an internationally competitive scientific environment where scientists and students in the humanities, natural and social sciences and mathematics can work together and mutually benefit from each other’s knowledge and methods. The Centre for Cultural Evolution engages in and runs projects together with researchers and departments both within Stockholm University and in international collaborations.

The Centre for Cultural Evolution works on breaking up the divide between humanities, natural and social sciences, and also between different disciplines and research programmes within the areas. Our view is that the division between natural science and the humanities is artifical and unjustified for the study of culture, and that different disciplines can vitalise each other.

Scientific progress is often the result of strong interaction between data and theory. Empirical data gives inspiration and takes out a direction for theoretical work, which in turn needs to be evaluated by further empirical work. Mathematics is an important tool for theoretical work, to formalise ideas and theories, evaluate logical consequences and generate testable hypotheses. At the Centre for Cultural Evolution, theoretical, mathematical and empirical approaches and angles exist in parallel from a broad variety of disciplines.

Group members

Group managers

Anna Jon-And

Senior lecturer, Director of Centre for Cultural Evolution

Department of Psychology
Anna Jon-And

Johan Lind

Guest researcher, Deputy director of Centre for Cultural Evolution

Department of Psychology
Johan Lind

Members

Magnus Enquist

Professor

Department of Zoology
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Erik Forsberg

PhD Student

Department of Psychology
Erik Forsberg

Anandi Hattiangadi

Professor

Department of Philosophy
Anandi Hattiangadi

Elida Izani Binti Ibrahim

Phd Student

Department of Sociology
Elida Ibrahim.

Fredrik Jansson

Guest Researcher, Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
Fredrik Jansson

Arne Jarrick

Professor

Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies
Arne Jarrick

Markus Jonsson

Guest researcher

Department of Psychology
Markus Jonsson

Martin Kolk

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology
Martin Kolk

Fredrik Liljeros

Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology
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Patrik Lindenfors

Associate Professor

Department of Zoology
Photo of Patrik Lindenfors

Jerome Michaud

Guest researcher

Department of Psychology

Mikael Parkvall

Researcher

Department of Linguistics

Minna Persson

MSc. in Migration, Mobility and Development

Institute for Futures Studies
Minna Persson

Tina Sundelin

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
Tina Sundelin. Foto: Henrik Dunér

Maria Wallenberg Bondesson

PhD History

Affiliated Researcher, Institute for Futures Studies.
Maria Wallenberg Bondesson

Andreas Wartel

Master of Evolutionary biology

Centre for Cultural Evolution
Andreas Wartel, private

Vera Vinken

Affiliated Researcher

Centre for Cultural Evolution
Vera Vinken

Publications