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: Cindy Isenhour

Affiliation: University of Maine - Climate Change Institute/Anthropology

Contact details: 102A South Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469 USA;

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:

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: @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),,

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.

Name: Dan Jorgensen

Contact details: Department of Anthropology
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario
Canada N6A 5C2
1-519-661-2111 ext 84702

Statement of interest: My interest is largely in issues involving land rights in relation to mining projects in Papua New Guinea. Environmental interests per se are tangential to these concerns for me, but are obviously implicated in local people’s’ rights and ability to enjoy the land on which they live.

Geographical/topical areas of interest: Papua New Guinea