UCL Anthropology



Decolonising protected areas: Sapelli in eastern Cameroon

By Simon Hoyte

In 2018, the Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar remarked:

We are facing modern problems for which there are no longer modern solutions

What he’s referring to is that the worsening ecological crises, created through Western knowledge systems, cannot be solved by Western knowledge systems despite being widely considered ‘advanced’ and ‘modern’.

Indigenous-led technology can boost biodiversity and ensure human rights

Simon Hoyte, Alice Sheppard, Marcos Moreu, Megan Laws & Jerome Lewis

Extreme Citizen Science Research Group


Over recent years there have been high profile legal challenges, investigative articles in the media, and important reports on the relationship between conservationists and Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous peoples and scientists urge Europe to commit to real sustainable trade with Brazil

Carolina Schneider Comandulli

Extreme Citizen Science Research Group

Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability


Indigenous and environmental rights are under threat in Brazil from Jair Bolsonaro’s government. In a little less then 4 months in power, Brazil’s current President has managed to dismantle the country’s existing structures for the protection of environmental and human rights.

Jerome Lewis and Hannah Knox In Discussion

A recent discussion between CAoS co-founder Jerome Lewis and UCL Associate Professor Hannah Knox, in which they discuss public anthropology in the context of climate change and digital technology. This conversation takes place on behalf of Global Ethnographic, an online multimedia ethnographic journal.

Global Ethnographic – Online Discussion Series from Tiffany Cone on Vimeo.

Flourishing diversity: being contemporary in the Anthropocene

Jerome Lewis

University College London

‘Progress! Develop! Modernize!’ are concepts that destroy our ability to be contemporary. Such directives push those to whom they are uttered to put their efforts into trying to achieve an elusive future state, rather than take stock of the present moment and respond appropriately. Being contemporary to our current predicament, as Bruno Latour (2017) reminds us, is the most challenging issue facing humanity today. We most urgently need to take stock, and ask ourselves what an adequate response to the current global crisis might be?

Embracing biological and cultural diversity: An interview with Dr Jerome Lewis

Below you will find a link to an interview with CAOS co-founder Jerome Lewis. This interview covers Jerome’s research into hunter-gatherer societies, his deep-seated interest in ways of egalitarian living and being, his thorough interrogation of Western models of conservation. At the bottom of this interview is a link to an essay by Jerome titled Flourishing diversity: being contemporary in the Anthropocene.