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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. (2020) 'Viral Devotionality and Christian Solidarity in/beyond Borneo'. Oceania, 90 (S1 Special Issue:Oceanic Societies in COVID‐19). pp. 6 - 13. ISSN: 0029-8077 Open Access Link

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Harrison, ME., Wijedasa, LS., Cole, LES., Cheyne, SM., Choiruzzad, SAB., Chua, L., et al. (2020) 'Tropical peatlands and their conservation are important in the context of COVID-19 and potential future (zoonotic) disease pandemics'. PeerJ, 8. pp. 1 - 43. ISSN: 2167-8359 Open Access Link

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Chua, L. (2020) 'Durian diplomacies'. Terrain. ISSN: 0760-5668 Open Access Link

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Chua, L., Harrison, ME., Fair, H., Milne, S., Palmer, A., Rubis, J., et al. (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 Link

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Chua, L. and Fair, H. (2019) 'Anthropocene'. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology. ISSN: 2398-516X Open Access Link

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