Peter Brosius – University of Georgia (GA, USA)

Peter Brosius is Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia and a surfer since 1969. He is widely recognized for his work with Penan hunter-gatherers in Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo), where he has recently been involved in court testimony in support of Penan land claims against oil palm companies. Brosius’ work focuses on the political ecology of conservation, with a particular interest in the impact of environmental degradation on local and indigenous communities. He is also the founding director of UGA’s Center for Integrative Conservation Research. Brosius teaches a study abroad program called Surfing & Sustainability: Political Ecology in Costa Rica and is currently developing a comparative research project on sustainable surf tourism in Bali, Fiji and Costa Rica.