Dr Anthea Snowsill

BA Hons. (University of Toronto), PhD (The Australian National University)
Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History and Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Studies Of Asian Society 449901
  • Anthropology 4401
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 440107
  • Environmental Anthropology 440104
  • Ecological Applications 4102
  • Ecological Economics 389902
  • Pollution And Contamination 4105

Research interests

  • More-than-human anthropology
  • Assemblage
  • Ethnicity
  • Land
  • Water
  • Cultural Ecology
  • Toxicity and Pollution
  • Labour
  • Commodity networks
  • Mainland Southeast Asia


I am an environmental anthropologist studying the transformation and emergence of ecological systems under late-stage capitalism through ethnographic approaches. My PhD dissertation (see Snowsill, A. 2022. A Tomato of the Floating World: Assembling Inle Lake’s Cultural Ecology) explored these themes through an object-oriented ethnography of tomatoes grown as cash crops on Myanmar’s Inle Lake and their entanglements with ethno-territorial politics, the political economy of tourism, labour politics, and agricultural and environmental concerns. I am expanding work on these topics to other contexts, which includes recent interdisciplinary research into toxicity and pollution in two of Asia’s largest river basins, the Mekong River Basin and Ganges-Brahmaputra River Basin. I am drawn to collaborative research projects and opportunities. I currently teach an undergraduate course in Anthropology and Asian Studies.


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