Kent Ethnobotanical Herbarium

Since 1998, Ethnobotany students have been collecting plants in Kent, preparing voucher specimens and researching their… Read more

Nuaulu ethnobotanical cognition and knowledge

An appraisal of how ethnobotanical classification works, addressing some of the problems associated with the received… Read more

Human Adaptation to Biodiversity Change

How people are adapting to changes in biodiversity within societies that are highly dependent on nature?… Read more

Rastafari healing traditions in the UK

Rastafari spirituality is a nonsecular science that considers how various energies and powers influence socio-ecological systems.… Read more

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Biocultural Diversity in the Cork Oak Woodlands of the Iberian Peninsular

Responses to complex change in a high biocultural diversity landscape: the cork oak (Quercus suber) forest landscapes… Read more

Plant Worlds: A cross-disciplinary forum on Human-Plant relationships

This symposium explored the diversity of Plant Worlds and the transformation of human-plant relationships through bringing… Read more

Environmental and Socioecological Transformations in Morocco

Community-based environmental management on a changing planet: action research and socioecological transformations in the Berber agdals… Read more

Sociocultural Concomitants of Cassava diversity

Bitter & sweet A comparative study of the sociocultural concomitants of cassava diversity in four eastern… Read more

The ethnobotany of British homegardens: diversity, knowledge and exchange

British Homegardens Understanding the levels of agrobiodiversity found in allotments in Kent. Principal Investigator: Roy Ellen… Read more

Doctoral Research

  • An ethnobotanical approach to the revitalisation of Andean foodways. Harriet Gendall
  • The trade in medicinal plants from Jamaica to the UK. Jason Irving
  • Making sense of non-sense: An ethnobiological study into the ethnometaphysics of ayahuasca cosmology episodes. Andrew Dean
  • Tastes like home: Migrating Bosnian foodways. Ashley Glenn
  • Foraging Practices in Kent. Holly Harris
  • Contemporary wild food foraging in Brazil. Kate McNutt
  • (Im)possible cohabitation: Rewilding and pastoralism in contested French mountain “wilderness”. Anthony Knight
  • Extinction in the Anthropocene. Craig Ritchie

Recently Completed Doctoral Research

  • The relationship between language shift and the domain of traditional environmental knowledge in Tilantongo, the Mixteca, Mexico. Anna Piestrzynska 2020
  • Changing Forests in a changing Mediterranean Island: forests, fires and heritagisation of the landscape in Serra De Tramuntana, Mallorca. Maria Cifre Sabater 2020
  • The Medical Ethnobotany of Siddis, Gujarat, India. Seema Solanki 2019
  • Saving Wild Seeds in the Anthropocene:
 Pursuing More-than-Human Futures at the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. Kay Lewis-Jones 2018
  • Wellbeing on the Edge: The Dynamics of Musundian Edge-Dwelling on the Boundaries of Protected Natural Areas in Limpopo, South Africa. Amber Abrams 2018
  • Indicators of the Status of and Trends in Global Biological, Linguistic and Biocultural Diversity. Jonathan Loh 2017
  • ‘Bushcraft’ and ‘indigenous knowledge’: transformations of a concept in the modern world. Lisa Fenton 2017.
  • Tibetan medicine(s) in Europe: tracing the transformations of plants and meanings from their places of origin to the patient–healer interface. Jan van der Valk 2016
  • The ‘social life’ of rattan in Katingan, Indonesia: Investigating rattan knowledge in the context of socio-economic and environmental dynamics. Viola Schreer 2016

Collaborative links

CBCD has collaborative links with a number of institutions for research, education and community outreach purposes, including the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Eden Project, the Henry Doubleday Research Association, the UCL School of Pharmacy, the Endangered Languages Project at SOAS, and the Global Diversity Foundation.