The Anthropology and the Environment Committee of the RAI have put together a list of anthropologists who are interested in environmental issues.  This list is a resource for other anthropologists and for those outside anthropology looking for a particular expertise.

If you are interested in being included please reply to admin@therai.org.uk and include:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Contact details
  • Statement of interest
  • Geographical/topical area of interest

Name: Liana Chua

Affiliation: Anthropology, Brunel University London

Contact details: liana.chua@cantab.net

Statement of interest: I have worked in Malaysian Borneo since 2003, focusing particularly on religious conversion, ethnic politics, landscape, development, resettlement and indigenous rights. My current research examines the social, political and cultural dimensions of orangutan conservation as a global nexus encompassing a disparate range of players, among them UK-based charities, conservation scientists and small villages in Borneo and Sumatra. Among other things, I am working on a new collaborative project on orangutan killing in rural Borneo, and am interested in exploring further cross-disciplinary/cross-sector opportunities with conservationists and others. I am also available for consultancy work and outreach/public engagement. For further information, please see http://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/liana-chua.

Geographical/topical areas of interest: Southeast Asia, Borneo, Malaysia, Bidayuh, landscape, development, resettlement, indigenous rights/issues, conservation, environmentalism.

Name: Judith Cirac Claveras

Affiliation: Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Spain

Contact details: txerms0@hotmail.com

Geographical/topical area of interest: Latin America

Name: Dr Irena Leisbet Ceridwen Connon

Affiliation: University of Dundee

Contact Details: Department of Geography, School of Social Science, University of Dundee, Tower Building, Main Campus, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom, DD1 4HN, Email: i.l.c.connon@dundee.ac.uk

Statement of Interest: I am interested in the anthropology of the environment and being included on the list of anthropologists interested in environmental issues

Geographical/topical area of Interest: My particular area of interest is in the anthropology of environmental risks and hazards, particularly in Alaska, Scotland and the wider UK, and Australia.

Name: Luisa Cortesi

Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Contact details: luisa.cortesi@yale.edu

Statement of interest: I am interested in environmental issues and in being part of the list you are preparing.

Geographical/topical area of interest: South Asia/India/Bihar. Topic/key words: Water, disasters, floods, environmental knowledge, technologies of environmental management, water/land, drinking water, nature/culture, vulnerability and resilience, gender, poverty and sustainability, social movements around water, semiotic analysis, epistemology, ontology, phenomenology, research methodologies.

Name: John-Paul Davidson

Affiliation: The Rainforest Fund

Contact details: jpdfilms@gmail.com

Statement of interest: Our main areas are tropical rainforest and we work in over 20 countries from PNG through Sarawak, Indonesia,  Burma, Philippines, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, and most of the countries in the Congo basin. There are three national organisations as well as The Rainforest Fund: namely Rainforest Foundations UK, Norway and USA . Each have their own websites.

Geographical/topical areas of interest: I did my fieldwork in Malaysia but not on environmental issues so my anthropological expertise is more from doing work with RF and numerous film.