Mark Stanford is a postdoctoral researcher in cognitive anthropology. He submitted his PhD in Anthropology at the London School of Economics in 2017, and holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, as well as an MSc in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the LSE.
Mark is interested in the intersection of evolutionary theory, cognitive psychology and the social sciences, and in particular, how research on the evolution of co-operation may not only explain much cultural variation, but also help to address practical problems faced by policymakers and organisations. He has previously conducted several years of ethnographic fieldwork in China, examining changes in moral psychology and collective action problems in producer co-operatives. Mark is currently working with Prof Harvey Whitehouse and Dr Jonathan Jong on the ‘Cognitive and Cultural Foundations of Religion and Morality’ project, based at ICEA.