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: Anggi Septia Irawan

Affiliation: Researcher at National in Health Research and Development (NIHRD), Ministry of Health Republic Indonesia

Contact Detail:
Hp: +6281227132368
office telp: +62298327096
primary email: irawan.anggi@gmail.com
Organization email: irawan.anggi@litbang.depkes.go.id

Statemen of interest: The emergence of global warming has been influenced by human behaviors, and unfortunately humans themselves are the ones who suffer most with this impact. One case of an outbreak of malaria in Africa occured due to shifting cultivation, forest openings, a proliferation of warm water, with direct impact on local climate, and indirect impact on health. The emergence of new breeding sites for Anopheles has become an early indication of malaria outbreaks. These risk behaviors have a systemic impact, and one of the goals I want to generate through my thesis is how to break the chain of risky human behavior patterns by establishing an early warning system of human behavior on how to treat nature. I will consider one method to practice local customs that once existed in the community regarding the environment, and to reestablish these local customs into formal norms. Hopefully, these norms would be better understood and applied by local communities as a form of controlling human behavior towards the nature around them.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Climate Ethnography : Vector Borne Diseases and Health Sector

Name: Cindy Isenhour

Affiliation: University of Maine - Climate Change Institute/Anthropology

Contact details: 102A South Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469 USA; cynthia.isenhour@maine.edu

Statement of Interest: My work is centered on the materials, energy and emissions embodied in consumer goods. As such my research centers on policies and practices designed to reduce the materials and energy intensity of contemporary production-consumption systems. This work has been located in diverse settings - from reuse shops and international policy bodies to landfills and living rooms.

Geographical/topical areas of interest: Consumption, climate change, energy, waste,  Scandinavia, US

Name: Freek Janssens

Affiliation: Leiden University

Contact details: f.janssens@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Statement of interest: food, certification schemes, marketplaces

Geographical/topical area of interest: food, certification schemes, marketplaces

Name: Heid Jerstad

Affiliation: University of Edinburgh

Contact details: heid.jerstad@ed.ac.uk @entanglednotion

Statement of interest: My work on weather looks at how people in the Indian Himalayas dwell in the heat, cold, rain and wind. I have looked at the implications of weather for how people think about illness, how they cope with the cold through physical activity (Jerstad 2016), how they cohabit with domestic animals (buffalo), how they live in wooden and concrete houses with differing thermal properties, how monsoon landslides restrict movement along new roads and how pollution or various substances in the air such as smoke and mist are understood.

Geographical/topical area of interest: India, Himalayas, Climate Change, Weather

Name: Eric T. Jones, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Wilamit LLC, University of Oregon, Oregon State University

Contact details: 708 W. 26th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405, USA, 541-505-1870 (mobile), eric.t.jones@wilamit.us, www.oregonmuse.us

Geographical/topical area of interest: USA, Canada, Mexico, Indonesia, Denmark. Food Systems, Wild Foods, Environmental Justice, Social Justice, Agroecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Nontimber Forest Products, Sustainable Farming, Media Anthropology, Food Safety Modernization Act, Environmental Education.