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 Faure Armelle

Affiliation: International consultant and scholar

Contact details: Dr Armelle FAURE                                                    
Social Scientist - International Consultant
57 rue des Frères
31820 Pibrac FRANCE

Statement of interest: sharing with a community

Geographical/topical areas of interest: Water Management, Energy, Oral Archive History, Intangible Heritage,Large dams, nuclear power studies. Asia, Africa, Madagascar, France and Europe

Name: Jessica Barnes

Affiliation: University of South Carolina

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Statement of interest: My work focuses on the everyday practices of resource use and environmental change in the Middle East. My first book was about water politics around the Nile and I am currently working on a book about bread, wheat, and food security in Egypt.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Middle East, Egypt, food, water, agriculture

Name: Olivia Barnett-Naghshineh

Affiliation: University of Auckland 

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Statement of interest: I am an anthropologist working on environmental issues particularly relating to food in connections to urbanisation, markets, gender relations and climate change.

Geographical/topical area of interest: My PhD research was conducted in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and I am interested in the responses to and affects of climate change in the Pacific more broadly, particularly how it relates to food production. 

Name: Maria de Lourdes Beldi de Alcantara

Affiliation: University of São Paulo- Medical Anthropology

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Statement of interest: indugenous helath and environment

Geographical/topical area of interest: Brazil and Latin America

Name: Nejm Benessaiah

Affiliation: University of Maryland, USA

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Statement of interest: My research is on the desert region of the M’zab valley, Algeria, and the role of micro social movements in attempting to manage unstable natural resources in the midst of social change in Algeria, especially labour, land tenure and water. Rather than looking at national or global movements alone, my research focuses on the micro-level of how changes from authoritarian to inclusive forms of governance are negotiated at the everyday level in the Algerian Sahara, and how these intersect with wider global scales. My current work centers on the potential for polycentric water governance across the Middle East & North Africa through the recognition of local means and strategies, in relation to varying notions of citizenship and legal pluralities across the region.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Environmental governance, environmental justice, social movements, political economy, personhood, postcolonialism, water materiality, ethics and rights, media and identity, urban ecology, agroecology, North Africa, Middle East, Sahara, Algeria.