Rajindra Puri

Director of the CBCD 01227 (82)3148


Miguel Alexiades

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Anthropology/Ethnobotany 01227 (82)4885
Ian Bride

Senior Lecturer in Biodiversity Management 01227 (82)7872
Roy Ellen

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology & Human Ecology 01227 (82)3421
Michael Fischer

Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Sciences 01227 (82)3144
Robert Fish

Reader in Human Ecology 01227 (8)16315

Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Anna Waldstein

Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology and Ethnobotany 01227 (82)3989

Associate staff

Alan Bicker

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Basketmaker, Ethnobotany teacher

Associate Lecturer in Ethnobotany

Dr. Alison Foster teaches Botanical Foundations of Ethnobotany to MSc Ethnobotany students at Kent. She began…

UCL School of Pharmacy, Ethnobotany teacher
Patricia Howard

Honorary Professor of Ethnobotany
Jonathon Loh

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Jonathan Loh graduated with a BSc in Biology from University of Sussex, an MSc in…
Gary Martin

Honorary Research Fellow, Global Diversity Foundation
Ian Martin

Honorary Research Fellow, Eden Project, Ethnobotany teacher
Mark Nesbitt

Honorary Research Fellow, RBG Kew, Ethnobotany Teacher
Dario Novellino

Honorary Research Fellow

Honorary Research Fellow, Eden Project, Ethnobotany teacher
Simon Platten

Honorary Research Fellow, Tamar Grow Local

Tom Thornton

ECI, Oxford; External Examiner

Affiliate members

Adjunct Assistant Professor, George Washington University

Nejm is an environmental anthropologist (PhD Kent) in the Elliott School of International Affairs, at the…

Visiting Scholar; Gastronomic Ethnobotany, Spiritual Ecology

Francesca joined the CBCD as a visiting training fellow in 2017-18, while doing a MPhil in…

Ethiopian Civil Service University, Center for Research in Ethics & Integrity

Zerihun Doffana Doda, PhD (Environmental Anthropology, Development & Conservation) Assistant Professor & Senior Researcher at Center…
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Ethnobotanical Researcher

Dennis Francis is an ethnobotanical research assistant with expertise on Jamaican ‘bushes and roots’ (herbal medicine)…

Ethnobotanist/ Ecologist/National Geographic Explorer

Alex Greene is an Ethnobotanist and Ecologist, with research experience in field botany and ornithology in…

Filmmaker, Anthropologist, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

Oana Ivan, holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Kent (UK)/Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), and…
Kay Evelina Lewis-Jones

Environmental Anthropologist, Ethnobotanist, DEFRA Policy Advisor

Kay received her PhD in Environmental Anthropology at Kent in 2018. Her doctoral research explored what…

Social Anthropologist, Medical Ethnobotany, International Drug Policy

Independent researcher and evaluation specialist with an interest in: • Monitoring and Evaluation of development cooperation…

Anthony Knight

Postgraduate student

Faculty Adjunct, Department of Horticuture, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (HAMP), Mizoram University, Aizawl, India

Green Moroccan Plan and women empowerment (2015-2018) funded by the EU. New affiliation: Faculty Adjunct, Department…
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Independent researcher, Wildlife Conservation

Anna Piestrzynska


Dr Anna Piestrzynska successfully defended her doctoral thesis on 6th February 2020.  Her thesis was titled…
Craig Ritchie

Postgraduate student

Environmental Anthropologist

Dr Maria Cifre Sabater successfully defended her doctoral thesis in Environmental Anthropology in December 2019. Her…
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Postdoctoral Researcher, Brunel University

Scholar-Practitioner specialising in Tibetan medicine

Jan is Scholar-Practitioner specialising in Tibetan medicine (Sowa Rigpa), and a student of Menrampa Pasang Yonten…

Visiting Fellows

Adjunct Professor in Ethnobiology, University of the Republic, Uruguay

Dr. Juan Martín Dabezies will be an academic visitor in the School of Anthropology and Conservation…


Ethnobotanist in Residence

Professor Christian Vogl, from the Division of Organic Farming at BOKU, Vienna, joins the CBCD from…

Assistant Professor, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Lodz, Poland

Monika has won a scholarship from the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) for a…

Professor of Social Anthropology, Universidad de Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain

Visiting Fellow  April 2018, January-February 2019

Social Anthropology PhD candidate at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain

Visiting Training Fellow 2017 “Human-animal relations and hunting in Extremadura, Spain.”

PhD Candidate, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia

Visiting Training Fellow 2016 – 2017  “The uses of wild edible plants in Estonia”

Marie Curie Fellow, Wageningen University

Visiting Fellow 2016-17 “Cultural and Biodiversity Protection through Heritage Policies. Andean Potatoes’ Regimes of Value in…

PhD Candidate, University of Castilla-La Mancha

Visiting Training Scholar 2015 “Ethnobotanical and ethnographic study of Quercus species and its fruits in the…

Postgraduate College in Agricultural Sciences, Veracruz

Vsiting Fellow 2015 “Homegardens, agrobiodiversity and food security in Indigenous communities in Mexico”

Professor of Environmental Anthropology, University of Seville

Visiting Fellow 2013 “The dynamics of biocultural diversity in the cork oak forests (dehesa) of the…

Research Fellow, ICTA, UAB Barcelona