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: Jairo Tocancipá-Falla

Affiliation: Cauca University

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Statement of interest: I am keen in sharing experiences with other colleagues on issues where knowledge and environmental adaptation and changes intersect. I am also interested in examining how research policies, governmental and non governmental, affect the value of local knowledge in finding alternatives in energy and solving local problems. Integrating local and western especialised knowledges to contribute to it, is crucial.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Latin America, although other regions with comparative purposes may be of interest too.

Name: Sarah Tolbert

Affiliation: Yale Forestry School Alum, Gruber Fellow for Social Justice working at Strong Roots Congo

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Statement of interest: I am an environmental anthropologist studying traditional forest management practices in the Eastern DRC. I graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2016. Dr. Michael Dove was my advisor. I am now working in the DRC for the year as a Gruber fellow, doing further research on community forestry governance and the operation of international conservation ngos. I would love to be added to the list to keep up to date on the subject.

Geograpghical/topical area of interest: traditional environmental knowledge, community forests, Africa

Name: Daniel Tubb

Affiliation: Assistant Professor, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

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Statement of interest: I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton. I research economic and environmental anthropology and resource extraction in Colombia and New Brunswick. I am writing a book about gold mining in Colombia’s northwest, which uses ethnography to explore the informal economy of a gold rush.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Colombian Pacific; New Brunswick, Canada; rural livelihoods; resource extraction; gold mining; oil palm.

Name: Enrique Hugo García Valencia

Affiliation: Researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH)

Contact details: Cel. Phone +1 555 074 5736

Statement of interest: On the ocassion of the publication of decree to protect the woods and forests of the Xalapa, Veracruz, México region issued on the 5th January 20015 a group of interested people formed an association named Custodians of the woods and forests of the Capital Region Xalapa. This region is conceived as an archipielague me being a memeber of the Island Luz del Barrio Coapexpan, where we have identified four main issues, first the invasion of the area with urban developments, The contamination of the local river, The production of rubbish, and finally liaise with the owners of big extensions of land within the area. We, recently, produced a water and woods festival in the local Secondary School and we have been invited to hold another one in a different school. At the momento we are working together with the authorities in order to produce a management programme of the area, and with the local MP on the design of a water system cleaning of the area.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Mexico, Xalapa-Capital which includes the municipalities of Xalapa, Tlalnehuayocan, Banderilla, Coatepec and Emiliano Zapata, in the State of Veracruz on the Gulf Coast of Mexico.

Name: Arvid van Dam

Affiliation: University of Leeds

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Statement of interest: Interested in the politics of disaster, recovery, protracted environmental crises, and landscape design.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Expertise on post-tsunami Sri Lanka and water-scarcity in Spain.