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: Alessandro Questa

Affiliation: University of Virginia

Contact details: email:, Mobile (Mexico): +52 55 5453 8868, Skype: alessandro.questa

Statement of interest: My research deals with how indigenous peoples name, understand, and harness events and effects associated to environmental causes and, more specifically, climate change. In particular, I study practices traditionally labeled as "ritual" and how they incorporate, deploy and make sense of environmental concerns.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Mexico, Central America, Latin America

Name: Ashiqur Rahman, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, The University of South Florida

Contact Details: Department of Anthropology, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620, USA Email:, Website:

Statement of interest: My research focuses on the human dimension of environmental change, livelihood, governance, and international  development. Through the anthropological lens, I investigate challenges people face posed by environmental change and how they cope with the negative effects of that change in general, and particularly in developing countries. As part of my doctoral study, I conducted research on the role of governance in adaptation to climate change. More specifically, how corruption, uneven power relations, and social exclusion shape livelihood resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change in Bangladesh. I conducted long term fieldwork with coastal inhabitants in Bangladesh, who depend on Sundarbans, the world’s largest single block mangrove forest, which is also a UNESCO heritage site.

Geographical/topical interest: Geographically my research is concentrated in South Asia particularly Bangladesh. Currently I am focusing on Non-economic Loss and Damage in the face of climate change.

Name: Dr Tamer Gad Rashed

Affiliation: Lecturer of biological anthropology, Institute of African Research and Studies, Cairo University, Egypt. Also, mandate lecturer at faculty of Archaeology at Cairo University.

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Statement of interest: Specialized and interested in biological anthropology especially bioarchaeology; i.e., study of human remains from archaeological context. Environment and climate represent main parts within my area of interest. Where, I am always looking for impacts of environmental and climatic changes on human health whether in the past or contemporary societies.

Geographical/Topical area of interest: Mainly interested in Afriaca and African societies.

Name: Steve Rayner

Affiliation: Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford

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Statement of interest: My work focuses on the use of ideas about nature to justify moral and political beliefs and actions. My research covers a range of environmental and technological issues with a focus on emerging technologies. I have published extensively on nuclear technologies, climate change and variability, use of weather and climate information in water resource management, and climate geoengineering technology. Theoretical interests include the development of Mary Douglas’s cultural theory to explore the dynamics of identity and cognition.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Global, UK, USA, Australia

Name: Juan Javier Rivera Andía

Affiliation: Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

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Statement of interest: Juan Javier Rivera Andía’s research is grounded in ethnography and anthropology. His interests focus on the study of indigenous relationships with cattle and land, particularly in regard to Andean pastoralism and cattle management. He has worked in different research centres in Europe, United States and Latin America. Long-term fieldwork in the Andes of northern and central Peru have enabled him to study also the role of buildings and native architeture in the relationships with the environment among Quechua-speaking people of Peru.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Andes, Peru.