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 and include:

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

Name: Katherine C. Donahue

Affiliation: Professor Emeritus, Plymouth State University Director, The White Ash Institute

Contact details: Email:
Tel: 802/291-1754 (cell) 802/436-2448 (home)
164 Jenneville Rd., Windsor, VT 05089 USA

Statement of interest: I am affiliated with the Plymouth State University (NH) Center for the Environment. I have researched the mining and marketing of tanzanite in Tanzania. Currently I am working on the sustainability issues created by the manufacture and use of recreational boats. These issues include, but are not limited to, the use of carbon fiber and fiberglass in their construction. End of life disposition of these boats has been ill-addressed. The marine industry is aware of this problem, but the market for recycled construction materials is limited. The European Union and its member states, including France and the Netherlands, have been working on this problem, the US less so.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Tanzania, United States, France, Netherlands

Name: Michael R. Dove

Affiliation: Yale University

Contact details:
F&ES, Yale University
134-136 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511-2189
Telephone: 203-432-3463
Fax: 203-436.9135

Statement of interest: Environmental anthropologist, whose work focuses on the environmental relations of local communities, especially in South and Southeast Asia.  Over the past 40 years, he has spent more than a dozen years in the field in Asia, carrying out long-term research on human ecology in Borneo and Java, developing government research capacity in Indonesia, and advising the Pakistan Forest Service on social forestry policies.  Current research and teaching interests include the anthropology of climate change and the cultural and political aspects of natural hazards, disasters, and resource degradation; indigenous environmental knowledge and practice; the study of developmental and environmental institutions, discourses, and movements; the history and sociology of the environment-related sciences; and post-humanist study of environmental relations.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Indonesia/Southeast Asia, Pakistan/South Asia

Name: Georgina Drew, PhD

Affiliation: Anthropology and Development Studies, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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Statement of interest: Georgina Drew, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Her work has received funding from the Fulbright Hays Program, the National Science Foundation, and Rotary International. She has over 25 articles to her credit that examine human-environment relationships, gendered environmental practices, the impact of religion on the politics of development and environment, and the political ecology of water resource management. These topics have led her to work extensively with social movements contesting unsustainable resource management in various parts of the world. She is also the author of a book published in 2017 by the University of Arizona Press entitled, River Dialogues: Hindu Faith and the Political Ecology of Dams on the Sacred Ganga. Georgina's current and pending research on the cultural politics of urban rainwater harvesting in South Asia is funded by a three-year fellowship from the Australian Research Council (DE160101178).  The following is a link to my recently published book:

Geographical/topical area of interest: South Asia (India, Nepal, and the Himalaya); Asia-Pacific (including Australia)

Name: Margaret (Meg) du Bray

Affiliation: Idaho State University, Arizona State University

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Statement of interest: I conduct research among communities that are vulnerable to climate change, water scarcity, and other environmental issues. My work focuses on the role of identity, sense of place, and emotional geographies, and the way these factors intersect with biophysical and social vulnerability.

Geographical/topical area of interest: environmental anthropology, political ecology, qualitative methods, cross-cultural anthropology, emotional geographies

Name: Amelia Fiske

Affiliatipn: received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Biomedical Ethics at the Christian-Albrechts- Universität in Kiel, Germany.

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Statement of interest: Her research addresses contests over harm resulting from oil operations in the northeastern region of the Ecuadorian Amazon and Latin America more broadly, exploring questions of toxicity, uncertainty, and inequality in relation to extraction.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Ecuadorian Amazon and Latin America