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Dr Alex Aisher

Post:Research Associate (Anthropology)
Location:ARTS C C231
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Alex Aisher is an environmental anthropologist with research expertise in multispecies ethnography, conservation (place-based conservation, wildlife trafficking, refugia), climate change (seasonality, extreme events, adaptation), indigenous environmental knowledge, forest and mountain ecologies, religion and ritual, and storytelling. In 2002-3 he became the first anthropologist for over forty years to conduct longterm ethnographic fieldwork in the internationally contested tribal state of Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. In 2007 he was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2011). In 2014 he was awarded the first student-led cross-university Teaching Award for 'Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and Support' at the University of Sussex. In 2018, Alex returned to Arunachal Pradesh, site of his doctoral fieldwork, to offer policy recommendations on conservation of wildlife, indigenous environmental knowledge and tribal identity over the coming period of rapid social and environmental change. This speech, delivered at the inaugural conference of the Nyishi Festival Committee (NFC), achieved widespread coverage through billboards, radio, state television, and state newspapers.


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