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: 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.

Contact details: or

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: 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