IAS Annual Report 2014-15 - page 62

Professor Veronica Strang
Executive Director
Veronica Strang is an environmental anthropologist. She
trained at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, and has
previously held positions at the universities of Oxford, Wales,
Goldsmiths and Auckland. Having been a Fellow at the
IAS in 2009, she took up her current post in Durham in
May 2012. Her research focuses on human environmental
relations and began with input into
The Brundtland Report.
For the last twenty years she has focused in particular on
societies’ engagements with water. In 2000 she was awarded
a Royal Anthropological Institute Fellowship and in 2007
a UNESCO International Water Prize. Her books include
Uncommon Ground: cultural landscapes and environmental
The Meaning of Water
Gardening the
World: agency, identity and the ownership of water
and Ownership and Appropriation
Professor Robert Barton
Robert Barton is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology,
founder of Durham’s Evolutionary Anthropology Research
Group, and has been President of the European Human
Behaviour and Evolution Association. He studied Psychology
and Zoology at Bristol University and ever since has been
interested in research at the intersection of evolutionary
biology, psychology and cognitive neuroscience. His PhD
was on the behaviour of wild baboons, but these days he
works mainly on the evolutionary biology of the brain. He
was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College Oxford in 2011,
participating in an international interdisciplinary project
on human cognitive evolution, and has recently held a
Leverhulme Fellowship to write a book on ‘Rethinking the
brain: an evolutionary approach.
Directors 2014 – 2015
Veronica Strang
Robert Barton
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