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: Oliver D. Liebig

Affiliation: University of Munich, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology

Contact details: Oettingenstr. 67, D-80538 Munich, Germany +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9608

Statement of interest: I am an anthropologist currently working on indigenous groups and wind parks in Mexico. 

Geographical/topical area of interest: Environment and society, ontologies, anthropology of energy, renewable energy, wind, assemblage theory. Regional Focus: Mexico, South America.

Name: Ruyu Lin (a.k.a. Iris)

Affiliation: Sussex University

Contact Details:
phone: +44-7756759164

Statement of interest: Migration and environmental change(including climate change), policy design to respond to sufferings caused by displacement due to changes happened in the (commonly acknowledged as natural) environment. Facilitate communication between the indigenous place dweller and external forces).

Geographical/topical areas of interest: Migration and environmental change.

Name: Peter C. Little

Affiliation: Rhode Island College

Contact details: Rhode Island College

Statement of interest: Dr. Little's anthropological research is focused largely on environmental health conflicts and political ecology. Little finds inspiration from the growing connections between anthropology, environmental studies, disaster studies, science and technology studies, and environmental justice activism. He is author of Toxic Town: IBM, Pollution, and Industrial Risks (2014, New York University Press). His most recent work explores electronic waste politics in Ghana.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Environmental Anthropology, Political Ecology, Social Theory, Industrial Pollution, Environmental Health Conflicts, Discard Studies, Electronic Waste, Ghana

Name: Dr. Loretta Lou

Affiliation: University of Macau

Contact details:

Dr. Loretta Lou is an anthropologist with research interests in environment, well-being, social movements, morality and ethics. Geographically she focuses on Greater China, including Hong Kong and Macau. After she received her DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick before joining the University of Macau as a Lecturer of Sociology & Macao Fellow in Social Sciences.

Dr. Lou’s doctoral project was an ethnographic study of a new way of living called ‘Green Living’ in Hong Kong. She was interested in the implications of Green Living for self-understanding, social relations, everyday ethics, social movements, and the ways these domains were being shaped by Hong Kong’s social and political climate since the handover in 1997. Building on her previous research on environmentalism in Asia, her postdoctoral research at Warwick focused on the ways Chinese people make sense of toxic pollution, their everyday experiences of (in)justice, and their psychological coping mechanisms. More broadly, her research in China and Hong Kong have led her to explore notions of freedom, responsibility, and the politics of complicity and victimhood in contemporary Chinese society.

Geographical/topical area of interest: East Asia, especially China, Hong Kong, Macau.


Name: Steph Matti

Affiliation: University of Iceland

Contact details: Sudurgata 121, Reykjavik 101.

Statement of interest: I am a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at the University of Iceland. My main focus is on climate change and how people are adapting to climate change-related glacier hazards. I'm interested in this group to link up with other anthropologists interested in the environment.

Geographical/topical area of interest: glacier retreat, Iceland, Himalayas, slope instability, climate change adaptation