Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS)


Dr Jerome Lewis

Jerome Lewis

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.

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.

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.


hunter-gatherers, egalitarianism, play, language, music, participatory software development, mapping and GIS

Contact Details

e-mail: jerome [dot] lewis [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk

Tel:  +44 (0)20 7679 5567

Dr Jerome Lewis

Dr Jerome Lewis



  • Reader of Anthropology
    Dept of Anthropology
    Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL


Hunter-gatherer and former hunter-gatherer societies
Egalitarian politics
Play, ritual and religion
Language and communication
Indigenous rights, mapping and representation

Jerome Lewis began working with Pygmy hunter-gatherers and former hunter-gatherers in Rwanda in 1993. This led to work on the impact of the genocide on Rwanda's Twa Pygmies. Since 1994 he has worked with Mbendjele Pygmies in Congo-Brazzaville researching child socialisation, play and religion; egalitarian politics and gender relations; and communication. Studying the impact of global forces on many Pygmy groups across the Congo Basin has led to research into human rights abuses, discrimination, economic and legal marginalisation, and to applied research supporting conservation efforts by forest people and supporting them to better represent themselves to outsiders.

Award year Qualification Institution
2002 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
London School of Economics and Political Science
1992 BA
Bachelor of Arts
London School of Economics and Political Science