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Reader in Anthropology, Brunel University London

I have long-term ethnographic interests in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, where I have worked with indigenous Bidayuh communities since 2003. I initially studied conversion to Christianity and ethnic and religious politics among rural Bidayuhs, and later explored Bidayuhs' experiences of development in the context of a dam-construction and resettlement project. I am currently leading a large European Research Council-funded project that explores the global nexus of orangutan conservation in the age of 'the Anthropocene', as well as a smaller anthropology-conservation collaboration that uses ethnography to mitigate orangutan killing in Borneo.


  • 2018–present
    Reader, Brunel University London
  • 2011–2018
    Lecturer, Brunel University London
  • 2007–2011
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge


  • 2007 
    University of Cambridge, PhD Social Anthropology
  • 2003 
    University of Cambridge, MPhil Social Anthropological Analysis
  • 2001 
    University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Modern History

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Refiguring conservation in/for 'the Anthropocene': the global lives of the orangutan
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    European Research Council
  • 2017
    Ethnographic strategies for analyzing and mitigating human-orangutan conflict and killing in Borneo
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Arcus Foundation Great Apes Program