036: A social anthropological view on conservation and interdisciplinarity with Liana Chua

Michael and Stefan interview Liana Chua.

Liana is a social anthropologist at Brunel University London with long-term ethnographic interests in Borneo, ethnic politics, development, more-than-human landscapes, visuality, and materiality. Her current research revolves around the social, political, aesthetic, and affective dimensions of the global nexus of orangutan conservation.

Liana received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, her MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis from the University of Cambridge, and her BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

Topics include:

  • How social anthropology contributes to conservation research and practice
  • The out-group homogeneity effect
  • Boundary objects and being open to new ideas
  • Tips for effective collaborative research
  • The risk of interdisciplinarity

We frequently reference a recent paper led by Liana, published in the journal People and Nature, titled “Conservation and the social sciences: Beyond critique and co-optation. A case study from orangutan conservation”. 

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