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: 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.

Name: Diane Russell

Affiliation: U.S. Agency for International Development, Forestry and Biodiversity Office

Contact details: See below and my personal email:

Statement of interest: I am interested in being part of a global community of anthropologists working in the environment sector. I have been a member of the American Anthropological Association's Anthropology and Environemnt section since it was formed about 20 years ago and I have been working in the environment and natural resource sector for over 30 years.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Congo Basin; West Africa. Biodiversity conservation; forest management; intersection of forestry and agricultural development.

Name: Vanina P Santy

Affiliation: PhD candidate at the Center of Cultural Anthropology, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Contact details: Tel +32(0)473/84.37.65

Statement of interest: I would like to learn about the approach of others studying local resistance experiences against land transformation (urbanization).

Geographical/topical area of interest: Political ecology of urban ecosystems in developing countries (Argentina, South America)

Name: Michael Shackleton

Affliation: Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Anthropology, Osaka Gakuin University, Japan

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Geographical/topical area of interest: Religion & Environment; Traditional use of environment + worldview; Anthropology of Natural Disasters; traditional eco-systems in East Asia (Japan/China/Korea) & East Africa; Environment Archaeology; Experimental Archaeology; Anthropology of Landscapes; Cognitive understandings of the Environment

Name: Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet, PhD

Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut (UCONN)

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Statement of interest: I am an environmental anthropologist who studies human-environment interactions, cross-cultural conservation practices, community response to natural hazards and the effects of climate change, and the links between culture, history, economics, environmental ethics and resource management. For the past 5 years I have been actively engaged in the debate over anthropological approaches to the study of environmental repair, the influence of anthropocentrism in the social sciences, and facilitating cooperative efforts between anthropologists and conservation groups.  My research and publications also examine issues related to environmental education, anti-environmentalism, and the role of rural elite and cultural ideology in community-based conservation initiatives.

Geographical/topical area of interest: My current research focuses cultural perceptions of, responses to, and decision making in the context of natural hazards and disasters.  I am currently working in Japan and coastal New England as part of an interdisciplinary investigation into the study of low frequency, high impact hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, typhoons and cross-cultural perceptions and responses to the threat and aftermath of hazards and disasters, decisions to implement preemptive protective measures, and how to increase awareness and preventative action among communities.