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: 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 Ieng Tak Lou

Affiliation: University of Oxford

Contact details:

Statement of interest: Dr Loretta Lou is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA), and the Research Assistant for the Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD) at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis is an ethnographic study of 'green living' and its implications for self-understanding, social relations, ethics, and political mobilization in post-handover Hong Kong. In her post-doctoral work she will further explore the ways Chinese environmentalists construe different nature-culture "hybrids" (Latour 1991, 1999); and the urban farming movements across East Asia.

Geographical/topical area of interest: China (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau) and East Asia

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

Name: Dr Carol E. Mayer

Affiliation: University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology

Contact details: Dr. Carol E. Mayer FCMA
Head, Curatorial/Interpretation Dept.
UBC Museum of Anthropology
Associate - Dept. Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2

Statement of Interest:  Broadly stated  -- I am interested in how museums express their relationship (if any) to global issues, especially resource extraction and environmental change.  I wonder whether  exhibitions, programming and publications etc. that do address these issues can create some transparency or even effect change.

Geographical area:  I have been working in the Middle Sepik River region of Papua  New Guinea for the past 10 years where forestry and mining are ongoing challenges.  See my publication “In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man: Contemporary Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea.  You have a copy in your library.