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., Harrison, ME., Fair, H., Milne, S., Palmer, A., Rubis, J., (2020) 'Conservation and the social sciences: Beyond critique and co‐optation. A case study from orangutan conservation'. People and Nature, 2 (1). pp. 42 - 60. ISSN: 2575-8314 Open Access Linket al.
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
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