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: Angelito Nunag

Affiliation: University of the Philippines, Diliman, Extension Program in Pampanga

Contact details: litonunag@ymail.com +63 917 628 8981

Statement of interest: My research interests have to do with local adaptation, resilience, socio-natural hazards and environment management in the Philippines.

Geographical/topical area of interest: My work has always been centered on Talim island in the Philippines.

Name: Jessica O'Reilly

Affiliation: Indiana University Bloomington

Contact details: jloreill@indiana.edu

Statement of interest: Jessica O’Reilly, assistant professor of Climate Change and International Studies, is an environmental anthropologist who studies how scientists and policy makers participate in environmental management, both in regards to the Antarctic environment and global climate change. She received her PhD from the University of California Santa Cruz. Before coming to Indiana University, O’Reilly was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and the University of California San Diego and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. She has two forthcoming books, The Technocratic Antarctic: an ethnography of scientific expertise and environmental governance (Cornell University Press) and the co-authored volume Assessing Assessments: A Historical and Philosophical Study of Scientific Assessments for Environmental Policy in the Late Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press). Her current project, an ethnographic study of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is funded through an award from the Science, Technology, and Society Program of the National Science Foundation.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Polar regions/ global

Name: Stefanie Paige

Contact details: Smpnr9@gmail.com

Statement of interest: I am passionate about helping people overcome environmental issues any way I can assist. I live in Missouri, St. Louis region. I have my BA in Anthropology.

Name: Andrea Enrico Pia

Affiliation: London School of Economics

Contact details: a.e.pia@lse.ac.uk

Statement of interest: I am an anthropologist of China who specialises in the study of human relationships to and projects for the natural environment. I have conducted long-term fieldwork in the Jingxi area of Beijing City and more recently in North-East Yunnan Province. My work investigates the entanglements of political, legal, technical and ethical issues with the appropriation, distribution and circulation of common water sources in contemporary China. My interest lies in exploring questions of scarcity, human cooperation and environmental justice. I also write on sustainability, rural politics and the Chinese State in comparative perspective.

Geographical/topical area of interest: China, South-East Asia, Water, Political Economy and Ecology, the State, the Commons.

Name: Bob Pokrant

Affiliation: Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies, School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University

Contact setails: Email b.pokrant@curtin.edu.au
Web http://curtin.edu.au

Statement of interest: My main interest is in the relationship between development and environment, particularly the ways in which local communities in South Asia perceive, understand and deal with changes in their local environments. My interest goes beyond the narrowly defined notion of environment to include how humans are embedded within networks of social and ecological relations that include other-than-humans. Of special interest is community adaptation to climate change in coastal Bangladesh. I have carried out field work in Bangladesh for 20 years on fisheries, aquaculture and adaptation to climate change.

Another interest is alternative development pathways for wealthy and less wealthy countries that aim at creating thriving communities at minimal environmental cost.  

Geographical/topical area of interest: South Asia, particularly Bangladesh.