Raj Puri


Rajindra K. Puri is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Anthropology and the Director of the Centre for Biocultural Diversity, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. He also convenes Kent’s Ethnobotany MSc programme with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. He was trained as an anthropologist and ethnobiologist at Middlebury College and the University of Hawai’i, and gained initial research and policy experience as a Degree Fellow in the Environment and Policy Institute of the East West Center in Hawai’i. Over the past 30 years he has been conducting interdisciplinary research on local knowledge systems, the dynamics of human-environment relations, and the application of anthropology to conservation social science, in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and recently, India.