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: Greg Acciaioli

Affiliation: Anthropology and Sociology, School of Social Sciences, The University of Western Australia

Contact details: Email:
Ph +61 403334475
Anthropology and Sociology M257
School of Social Sciences
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, WA 6009, AUSTRALIA

Statement of interest: I am interested in such issues in environmental anthropology as contestations over protected areas, both terrestrial and marine ( grabs and blue grabs), environmental education in relation to such theoretical issues as environmentality, and interrogations of issues of sustainable development.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Indonesia, Malaysia (esp. Sabah), Brunei, Southeast Asia

Name: Teferi Abate Adem

Affiliation: Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University

Contact details : Teferi Abate Adem, Ph. D
Human Relations Area Files at Yale
755 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
203 764-9401 (office)
HRAF home page:

Affiliated Faculty: The Council on African Studies
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Statement of interest: Currently working on the long-term cultural, institutional and behavioral legacies of extreme weather events and related environmental stressors with particular focus on prolonged droughts, poorly timed rains, violent floods, and periodic outbreak of crop pests.

Geographical/topical area of interest: smallholder subsistence farmers in moisture-stressed areas of Ethiopia

Name: Celeste Alexander

Affiliation: PhD Candidate, Princeton University

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Statement of interest: I am a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Princeton University and a former Princeton Environmental Institute Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Fellow. My work concerns questions of belonging and multispecies interactions, especially between people and elephants. My dissertation explores ecological and regulatory change in Tanzania on the north-western border of Serengeti National Park, examining relationships between cartography, scalar processes of governing and the various meanings attributed to the circulation of wildlife and revenue under increasingly financialized conservation. I am interested in joining the RAI community of scholars, given their shared commitment to advancing both theoretical and practical engagements of anthropologists within wider communities of environmental scholarship and public service.  

Geographical/topical area of interest: Tanzania, East Africa, human-elephant entanglements, jurisdiction, scale, ecological and regulatory change, competing moral orders in environmental governance

Name: Teofilo Altamirano

Affiliation: Former Tinker Professor UTexas, Austin USA

Contact details: Cellphone: 051-1-998674800

Statement of interest: I am currently teaching, doing research and writing on enironmental migration. My research site is located in Peruvian Andes.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Andean countries.

Name: Mark Anthony Arceño

Affiliation: The Ohio State University

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Statement of interest: My research looks at the confluence of food, place, and identity. Using the notion of terroir as a conceptual framework, I pay attention to vintners' attributions to observed environmental change as I examine the social-ecological system of wine production and consumption.

Geographical/topical area of interest: France / anthropologies of food, environment, and climate change