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: 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- )

Contact details:

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.

Name: Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco

Affiliation: University of Gastronomic Sciences - Durham University

MOB. +39 333 4354808

Statement of interest: Economic anthropologist working on local development.  His research touches themes such as environment management and social sustainability; it investigates the link between legislative action and environment change.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Europe, Italy, Public Administration, Local Development

Name: Cynthia A. Grace-McCaskey

Affiliation: East Carolina University

Contact details: +1 252-328-9443

Geographical/topical area of interest: marine resource management, Caribbean, Pacific Islands, USA, Political ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, social-ecological systems, and cooperative resource management and institutions

Name: Paolo Gruppuso

Affiliation: University of Aberdeen

Contact details: -

Statement of interest: I am an anthropologist with an interest in human-environment relations, agro-food systems, nature conservation, wet landscapes  and water management. I have conducted ethnographic research in protected wetlands in Agro Pontino (Italy), on topics including conflicts between agriculture and conservation,  human-animal relations, water management, environmental education, relations between time, memory and landscape.

Geographical/topical area of interest: My main geographical area of interest is Europe, but I am also interested in wetlands and agro-food systems everywhere and particularly in the global North.