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Dr Liana Chua

Dr Liana Chua
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology

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I am a social anthropologist with long-term ethnographic interests in Borneo, ethnic politics, Christianity and conversion, resettlement, development and landscape. My current research revolves around the social, political, cultural and affective dimensions of the global nexus of orangutan conservation in what has been widely styled the 'age of the Anthropocene'. Before joining Brunel, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (2007-2011). I delivered the Royal Anthropological Institute's Curl Lecture in 2013.


  • PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2007)
  • MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis, University of Cambridge (2003)
  • BA (Hons) in Modern History, University of Oxford (2001)


  • Anthropology Work Placements convenor
  • Anthropology MRes convenor
  • Anthropology UG Dissertations convenor
  • Anthropology Society coordinator

Newest selected publications

Chua, L. (2017) 'Animal internet stardom', in Parrenas, R. (ed.) Gender: Animals (Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbook). Macmillan Reference USA. pp. 317 - 332. ISBN 10: 0028663233.

Book chapter

Chua, L. (2016) 'Gifting, Dam(n)ing and the Ambiguation of Development in Malaysian Borneo'. Ethnos. ISSN: 0014-1844 Open Access Link

Journal article

Chua, L. (2015) 'Horizontal and vertical relations: Interrogating "in/dividualism" among Christian Bidayuhs'. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 5 (1). pp. 339 - 339.Open Access Link

Journal article

Chua, L. (2015) 'Troubled landscapes, troubling anthropology: co-presence, necessity and the making of ethnographic knowledge'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21 (3). pp. 641 - 659. ISSN: 1467-9655 Open Access Link

Journal article

Chua, L. (2015) 'Anthropological perspectives on ritual and religious ignorance', in Gross, M. and McGoey, L. (eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. London and New York : Routledge. pp. 247 - 255.

Book chapter
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