Laura Fortunato

principal investigator | she/her

I am an evolutionary anthropologist with training in biology and anthropology, and with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research. I obtained a 5-year Laurea in biological sciences from the University of Padova (2003) and graduate degrees in anthropology from University College London (MRes, 2004; PhD, 2009).

Between 2010 and 2013 I held an Omidyar Fellowship at the Santa Fe Institute, an independent research centre that brings together scientists from across the natural, social, and historical sciences. In 2013 I joined the University of Oxford as Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College.

I was a Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute until 2015, when I was appointed External Professor. Since 2018 I have served on the Institute’s Science Steering Committee and Science Board.

In 2016 I founded Reproducible Research Oxford (RROx). In 2018 I contributed to establishment of the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN), and I have served on its Steering Group since. Also in 2018 I joined the Board of Directors of the Software Freedom Conservancy.

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selected publications

For a full list of publications, see
  1. The case for free and open source software in research and scholarship Fortunato, L., and Galassi, M. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 2021 journal preprint abstract bib
  2. Research culture and reproducibility Munafò, M., Chambers, C., Collins, A., Fortunato, L., and Macleod, M. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2020 journal abstract bib
  3. Lineal kinship organization in cross-specific perspective Fortunato, L. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2019 journal abstract bib