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: 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: 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.

Name: Dr. Pamela McElwee

Affiliation:Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Contact details: Associate Professor, Department of Human Ecology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
55 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Statement of interest: I am an environmental anthropologist with additional training in geography and forestry & ecology. My research interests are in the local social impacts of global environmental problems, with my particular expertise in biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, and climate change. Most of my work integrates household-level analysis of decision-making regarding resource use with an examination of global institutional practices and norms that influence environmental management, with an aim to identify why people conduct certain resource use practices in different ecosystems, particularly in the context of rapid environmental change, and the ways in which these global environmental changes may in turn render some communities more vulnerable or impoverished. I am the author of a recent book Forests are Gold: Trees, People and Environmental Rule in Vietnam (U. Washington, 2016) and coeditor of the book Gender and Sustainability (U of Arizona, 2012). I serve as the Lead of the Cultural Practices and Ecosystem Management Thematic Group for IUCN, and as a lead author of the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Geographical/topical area of interest: Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam and Myanmar.

Name: Andrea E. Murray

Affiliation: Lecturer, Hamilton College

Contact details :

Statement of interest: Sustainable Tourism

Geographical/topical area of interest: East Asia, Caribbean