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: Jacob von Heland

Affiliation: Environmental Humanities Lab, Department of Philosophy and History, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Contact details: Teknikringen 74D plan 5, 114 28 Stockholm, Sweden

Statement of interest: I am an Environmental Humanities scholar who studies human-environment through filmmaking and writing. I like to work in collaborations that combine expertise from the arts, anthropology, social theory, history and fieldwork ecology. I work in a critical humanities tradition with a background in human ecology and professional filmmaking.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Ways of knowing, Environmental Justice, Resilience/complexity theory, Theory of visual ethnography, Fiction and nonfiction filmmaking, Nomadic pastoralism, ontological politics, traditional belief systems, modernization and social change, Animal killing, Digital turn, Literary ethnography, History of/and Science and Technology Studies, Bangkok, South and East Africa, Madagascar.

Name: Noah Walker-Crawford

Affiliation: University of Manchester

Contact details:

Statement of interest: Environmental conceptions, responsibility and environmental change, Anthropocene

Geographical/topical area of interest: Peru, Andes, Climate Change, State, Infrastructure

Name: Jonathan Woolley

Affiliation: University of Cambridge

Contact details: 
Pembroke College, Cambridge, CB2 1RF

Statement of interest: Religion and climate change; the environment, healing and wellbeing; myth, folklore and the landscape; the political economy of rural life; eco-activism and climate change; agriculture and rural affairs; land management practices and conservation; druidry and neo-paganisms.

Geographical/topical areas of interest: Northern Europe inc. Britain and Eire; the Anglosphere; Inner Asia.

Name: Thomas Wright

Affiliation: School of Social Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia

Contact details: Email:
Twitter: @tabooism

Statement of interest: My research interest is in Balinese people's relationships to water. In particular I am interested in the marine environment, tourism, waterway management, pollution and groundwater resources.

Geographical/topical area of interest: I have done ethnographic research in Bali, Indonesia.

Name: Karina Yager

Affiliation: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

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Statement of interest: Dr. Yager’s research is focused on the social and ecological impacts of climate change in the Andes of South America. Her interdisciplinary research examines land use and land cover change (LCLUC), utilizing remote sensing, alpine vegetation studies, peatland studies, ecosystem change, and ethnographic fieldwork with indigenous pastoralists. Yager’s current projects are focused on the impact of disappearing tropical glaciers on pastoral agriculture, and deciphering climate and societal drivers of LCLUC in the Andes. She has been part of the GLORIA (Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments) network in South America for over a decade. Her doctoral degree is in Anthropology from Yale University; she did her in postdoctoral research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and is currently Assistant Professor  in Sustainability Studies in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, New York.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Andes of South America, Bolivia, Chile, Peru