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Caroline UgglaForskare

Om mig

PhD, University College London

Caroline Uggla is a researcher at SUDA (Stockholm University Demography Unit), at the Sociology department, Stockholm University. Her research interests lie in human behavioural ecology and evolutionary demography and are based around a life course perspective. With a background in anthropology she has worked both with household survey data from sub-Saharan Africa to explore inequalities in health, and broad population register data from developed countries to examine contextual effects on fertility and mortality. She is also interested in the effects of adult sex ratio skews on demographic outcomes.

Caroline’s google scholar page can be found here


Academic Background

Post-doctoral researcher, University of Bristol (Jan-Jul 2016)

Post-doctoral researcher, University College London (Oct 2014-Dec 2015)

PhD Anthropology University College London (2015)

MRes Anthropology (Distinction) University College London (2010)

BA (Hons) Anthropology (1st Class) Durham University (2009)



Wilson, B., Drefahl, S., Sasson, I., Henery, P. and Uggla, C.  (2020). “Regional trajectories in life expectancy and lifespan variation: Persistent inequality in two Nordic welfare states”.  Population, Space and Place 26 (8), e2378

Filser, A., Barclay, K., Beckley, A., Uggla, C. and Schnettler, S. (2020). “Are skewed sex ratios associated with violent crime? A longitudinal analysis using Swedish register data”. Evolution and Human Behavior, in press. Online October 12 2020. 

Uggla, C. (2020). “Contextual effects on fertility and mortality: complementary contributions from demography and evolutionary life history theory”. Human Evolutionary Demography, editors Burger, O., Lee, R. and Sear, R. In press. 

Uggla, C. and Andersson, G. (2018). Higher divorce risk when mates are plentiful? Evidence from Denmark. Biology Letters 14 20180475, published online 26 September 2018. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0475

Uggla, C. and Billingsley, S. (2018). Unemployment, intragenerational social mobility and mortality in Finland: Heterogeneity by age and economic context. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. doi:10.1136/jech-2018-210457

Uggla, C., Gurmu, E. and Gibson, M.A. (2018) Are wives and daughters disadvantaged in polygynous households? A case study of the Arsi Oromo of Ethiopia. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39(2) 160-165.

Uggla, C. (2017) Commentary: Health behaviour, extrinsic risks and the exceptions to the rule. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40.

Uggla, C. and Mace, R. (2017) Adult sex ratio and social status predict mating and parenting strategies in Northern Ireland. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B. 372:20160318

Gilbert, J., Uggla, C. and Mace, R. (2016) Knowing your neighbourhood: local ecology and personal experience predict neighbourhood perceptions in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Royal Society open science. 3:160468 

Uggla, C. & Mace, R. (2016) Parental investment in child health in sub-Saharan Africa: A cross-national study of health-seeking behaviour. Royal Society open science, 3: 150460.

Uggla, C. & Mace, R. (2016). Local ecology influences reproductive timing in Northern Ireland independently of individual wealth. Behavioral Ecology 27 (1):158-165.

Uggla, C. & Mace, R. (2015). Effects of local extrinsic mortality rate, crime and sex ratio on preventable death in Northern Ireland. Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, (1):266-277.

Uggla, C. & Mace, R. (2015). Someone to live for: effects of partner and dependent children on preventable death in a population wide sample from Northern Ireland. Evolution and Human Behavior; 36, 1-7.

Lawson, D. W., & Uggla, C. (2014). Family Structure and Health in the Developing World: What Can Evolutionary Anthropology Contribute to Population Health Science? In M.A. Gibson & D.W. Lawson (Eds.), Applied Evolutionary Anthropology: Darwinian Approaches to Contemporary World Issues. (pp.1-31).


Working papers

Uggla, C. and Saarela, J. (2021). "First partner choice in a native minority: The role of own and parental ethnolinguistic affiliation in Finland". Stockholm Research Reports in Demography (working paper), 2021:10


Uggla, C., Mussino, E. and Aradhya, S. (2020). “Are women from man-older unions economically disadvantaged following separation? Analysing benefit recipiency among ancestral and immigrant mothers in Sweden”. Stockholm Research Reports in Demography (working paper), 2020:48


Uggla, C., and Wilson, B. (2020). “Age gaps between partners among immigrants and their descendants: Adaptation across time and generations?” Stockholm Research Reports in Demography (working paper), 2020:17