UCL Anthropocene


Dr Alice Rudge

Academic position: Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

Department: Anthropology

Email: alice.rudge@ucl.ac.uk

UCL website: Alice Rudge


I am a social anthropologist working on language and the environment among hunter-gatherers. My current research centres on how multispecies interactions and sensory experiences shape ethical values, and asks how these values may change in the Anthropocene. I focus on everyday interactions among Batek hunter-gatherers in Peninsular Malaysia, with whom I have been conducting extended fieldwork since 2014.

My Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship investigates how environmental transformation might cause Batek people to speak about plants in new ways. Through exploring how people express ethical dilemmas surrounding plant personhood, I ask broader questions surrounding how humans might be reimagining plants in contexts of plantation agriculture. Concurrently, I hold a grant from the British Museum’s Endangered Material Knowledge Programme, for a fieldwork project entitled ‘Material Culture of Batek Hunter-Gatherers in Pahang State, Malaysia’. This project documents the sensory experiences involved in Batek weaving practices, and will allow me to examine how certain plants become intertwined with identity and ethics.

Research projects:

Select publications engaging with the Anthropocene:

Peer-review publications


  • ANTH0069 Ethnography of Forest Peoples PG [past, 2019-2020]

  • ANTH0021 Hunter-Gatherers Past, Present & Future UG [upcoming 2021-2022]