Kristin Snopkowski

About Kristin Snopkowski

Dr. Kristin Snopkowski is an evolutionary anthropologist working in the Department of Population Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is interested in reproductive decision making. Her research primarily focuses on two areas: testing hypotheses of the demographic transition and exploring kin effects on fertility in low and middle-income countries. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.

Fertility and the Extended Family: Do Parents Influence a Woman’s Decision to Reproduce?

Policy makers have long been concerned with fertility rates. In the 1960s, the focus was on reducing fertility rates around the world. Today, in many European countries, policy makers are more concerned that fertility may be too low. Understanding how people come to make fertility decisions is still an ongoing research topic. Some evolutionary anthropologists have described humans as “cooperative breeders” meaning that individuals other than parents help raise children. A couple may decide to have a child (or additional children) if family members are able and willing to provide the couple with help. A recent article by Mathews and Sear (2013a) found that British women who have relatives as close friends are more likely to progress to their first child. Continue reading