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: 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

Name: Erin Fitz-Henry

Affiliation: Senior Lecturer, Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Melbourne

Contact details: John Medley Building – 4th Floor; Grattan Street, Parkville VIC 3010 (Australia)
+61 03 8344 5982

Statement of interest: I am interested in the rights of nature, environmental justice movements, anti-uranium politics, the environmental legacies of militarization, and alliance-building between environmental and labour movements.

Geographoical/topical area of interest: Ecuador, the United States, Australia

Name: Andrew Flachs

Affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Heidelberg University (2016-2017)
Assistant Professor, Purdue University (2017- )

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Statement of interest: My research spans sustainable agriculture, biotechnology, development, the anthropology of knowledge, and political ecology. Through mixed methods research, I seek to better understand how humans create sustainable environmental relationships within the context of markets, ecology, state interventions, and social networks.  I am especially interested in the ways that humans build and use ecological knowledge to inform agricultural decision-making.

Geographical/topical area of interest: I have conducted research in the United States, India, Germany, and Bosnia.  I am interested in biotechnology, alternative agriculture, commodity chains, ethnobotany, and ecological knowledge.