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Dr Liana Chua

Dr Liana Chua

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I am a social anthropologist with long-term ethnographic interests in Borneo, ethnic politics, Christianity and conversion, resettlement, development, more-than-human landscapes, visuality, and materiality. My current research revolves around the social, political, aesthetic, 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)

Newest selected publications

Chua, L. (2018) 'Too cute to cuddle? "Witnessing publics" and inter-species relations on the social media-scape of orangutan conservation'. Anthropological Quarterly, 91 (3). pp. 873 - 903. ISSN: 0003-5491 Open Access Link

Journal article

Chua, L. and Mathur, N. (2018) 'Who are "We"? Reimagining Alterity and Affinity in Anthropology'. Berghahn Books. ISSN 10: 1785338897 ISSN 13: 9781785338892


Chua, L. (2018) 'What role for conservation in culture? A response to Schneider'. ORYX, 52 (3). pp. 416 - 416. ISSN: 0030-6053 Open Access Link

Journal article

Chua, L. and Mathur, N. (2018) 'Introducing the 'we' in and of anthropology', in Chua, L. and Mathur, N. (eds.) Who are 'we'? Reimagining alterity and affinity in anthropology. Berghahn Books.

Book chapter

Chua, L. (2018) 'Small acts and personal politics: On helping to save the orangutan via social media'. Anthropology Today, 34 (3). pp. 7 - 11. ISSN: 0268-540X Open Access Link

Journal article
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