Dr. Jerome Lewis
As a co-director of the ExCiteS research group he works on the participatory development and testing of iconic interfaces for smartphones and intelligent mapping applications designed to address problems identified by forest people in Central Africa and support them to document and analyse the issues they face. These have so far focused on forest people’s relations with logging companies, illegal loggers, poachers and conservation law enforcers. He is also co-director of UCL’s Environment Institute, Director of the Cultures of Sustainability section and a Director of Anthroscape Ltd.Trained in anthropology at London School of Economics, (PhD 2002), Jerome has been working on the hunter-gatherer people of Central Africa since 1993. He became a lecturer in UCL’s department of Anthropology in 2007.
His research interests focus on hunter-gatherers, in particular of Central Africa. Key areas of research are in learning, play, egalitarianism, gender relations, ritual, religion, language, music and dance, and hunter-gatherers interaction with global forces. He has just completed editing ‘The Social Origins of Language’ with Dan Dor and Chris Knight, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.