Anthropology and Environment Society at #AAA2014

The Anthropology and Environment Society is pleased to be sponsoring 40 panels, three roundtables, and a dissertation writing workgroup at the 113th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC this coming December. Our selection process this year was influenced by two changes to the AAA program: double panels were no longer allowed, and there […]

Climate Change and the Political Ecology of Education

Education is a surprising new battleground in the debates surrounding climate change. Wyoming recently became the first state to reject the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) because of the presentation of anthropogenic global warming as a scientific fact. A group of 26 state governments, educational researchers and teachers developed the standards, and twelve states have […]

Drawing on Environmental Anthropology for Biocultural Approach to Conservation

Anthropology has had a productive and sometimes contentious relationship with initiatives for biodiversity conservation. Numerous anthropological studies have revealed the complex social dynamics that can make conservation initiatives thrive or fail, exploring the diverse conceptualizations of the relationship between people and nature. But, the nature of this relationship has been a subject of debate within […]

Distributive Politics of REDD in Acre, Brazil

REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) has become an important part the environmental and development lexicon. But it leads a kind of double life: REDD is articulated as a straightforward, economically rational way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the one hand, yet is filled with all the complexity of tropical land use on […]

Entomophagy Anthropology

Eating insects, or entomophagy, is touted as a healthy and environmentally responsible food source of which we should be taking greater advantage.  Present-day consumption of insects is minimal in developed countries, but there are small businesses popping up around the United States to bring this food to the masses and begin a conversation about their […]