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Ecology and Conservation

Dr Cedric Perret

Dr Cedric Perret

Postdoctoral Researcher

 Stella Turk Building 


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE


I am a post-doctoral research associate in evolutionary dynamics and social evolution in the Currie lab at Exeter University.

My research interests lie in the evolution of social behaviour (cooperation, coordination) and social organization (hierarchy, institutions). I focus on the transition of human groups from small groups of kin-related individuals to large societies of unrelated individuals. For instance, my PhD investigated the emergence of hierarchy, and proposed that hierarchy arose because it allows groups to coordinate at a larger scale. My current projects investigate (i) the emergence of state in Japan and (ii) the interactions between hierarchy and institutions.

I study these topics using evolutionary models, such as evolutionary game theoretical models and agent-based simulations.


Ph.D. - "The evolutionary iron law of oligarchy" - Edinburgh Napier University

Msc - Evolutionary biology and ecology - University of Montpellier

Bsc - Biology and Ecology - University of Besancon


2020 - Present: Postdoctoral research associate under the supervision of Thomas Currie - Exeter University

2020/01 - 2020/07: Postdoctoral research associate working on direct and indirect reciprocity - under the supervision of The Anh Han - Teeside University

2016-2019: Ph.D. "The evolutionary iron law of oligarchy" - Under the supervision of Simon T. Powers and Emma Hart - Edinburgh Napier University

2016: Internship on modeling the evolution of resistance against cancer in wildlife species - Under the supervision of Frederic Thomas and Benjamin Roche - University of Montpellier

2015: Internship on the development of a computer tool for experimentations in cultural evolution - Under the supervision of of Jean-Baptiste André and Nicolas Claidière - University of Montpellier


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