James Andrew Whitaker


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

James Andrew Whitaker (Ph.D. Anthropology, Tulane University) is an Honorary Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the CNRS (USR 3456, LEEISA) in Cayenne, French Guiana. He has conducted fieldwork with Indigenous communities (primarily Makushi and Akawaio) in Guyana and archival research in the UK, US, and Guyana. His work centres around ethnohistory, historical ecology, and ontologies in Amazonia.

He is currently in the process of expanding his ethnographic work to West Africa (primarily Liberia) and will be conducting new fieldwork there during the summer of 2022.

He is working on a book and two edited volumes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique


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