Steering committee

Dr Michael Bravo, Senior Lecturer, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
Michael is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge and with a broad interdisciplinary background, examines history and public policy relating to the Polar Regions. He began his career in the History and Philosophy of Science and has more recently focused on analysing the use of field sciences as policy instruments, particularly in relation to climate change. He has just published an edited book entitled Arctic Geopolitics and Autonomy and is also a Fellow of Downing College.

Prof Roy Ellen FBA, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent, UK
Roy is Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology at the University of Kent. Commencing his career amongst the Nuaulu people in Eastern Indonesia and also in Brunei, he focuses on environmental anthropology, with high profile publications in ethnobiology (in 2006) and local ecological knowledge in island SE Asia (in 2007). Roy is currently researching the ethnobiology of British home gardens (diversity, knowledge and exchange) with the Leverhulme Trust and between 2007 and 2009, he was President of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Prof Hans Graf, Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge, UK
Hans is Professor for Environmental Systems Analysis in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge. His work includes climate modelling and data analysis, with a specific focus on the physico-chemical aspects of climate change. Recent publications include analysis of the climate impacts of anthropogenic land use changes (2006), summer monsoonal rainfall simulation (2007) and recent land cover changes (2009) – all on the Tibetan Plateau.

Prof Dame Caroline Humphrey FBA, Dept of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK
Caroline is the Director of the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU) and was previously the Sigrid Rausing Professor of Collaborative Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. With an immense publication record spanning over 15 years, her research interests embrace Siberia and Mongolia in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. She has supervised the Macarthur project, a 5-year scientific study on the effects of pastoral herders. This was conducted in 15 regions of East Asia, on the desertification of the environment. Caroline founded and edits Inner Asia and in 2005 she was awarded the prestigious Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of her broad contribution to the anthropology of Asia.

Prof Tim Ingold, Dept of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, UK
Tim is Chair of Social Anthropology and Head of the School of Social Science at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out ethnographic fieldwork in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, on evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history, on the role of animals in human society, on language and tool use, and on environmental perception and skilled practice. His current research is on the comparative anthropology of the line, exploring issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. He is also a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

Prof Simon Schaffer, Dept of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, UK
Simon is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. A presenter for the BBC and editor of The British Journal for the History of Science, he was awarded the Erasmus Prize in 1995, with Steven Shapin, for his notable contribution to European culture, society and social science. Simon is currently looking at European Cosmologies in the Pacific and holds a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship to study the history of astronomy and British colonialism.