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: 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.

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

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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.