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Meet our Authors: Thomas Reuter – April 2016

Dr Thomas Reuter is a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council and Professor at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. After completing his PhD at the Australian National University in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University in Germany, and held post-doctoral and QE2 fellowships at Melbourne University and a senior research fellowship at Monash University in Australia.

He has served as President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002–2005) and Chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (2009–2012). He is currently Senior Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), a member of the executive of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and a regional advisory board member of Future Earth (Asia). His research focuses on religion, politics, environment, food security, globalisation and social movements, primarily in Indonesia, but also globally. He has published over 100 articles and nine books.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Thomas has edited Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge, and he explains why he chose to publish the volume with us.


Working with the editorial team of Cambridge Scholars was a pleasure. The publication process was smooth and quick, and yet thorough and professional. The difference to the publication schedule of two other publishers I had contacted and who had shown interest in reviewing the volume was one year or more. The other reason why I chose Cambridge Scholars was that this edited volume is a compilation of contributions from scholars from all parts of the world. Among more conventional academic presses, there is often a bias against scholars from developing countries, who are thereby prevented from reaching a global academic audience. This is a major issue in the politics of knowledge today. It is also contrary to the mission of international professional organisations in my discipline, in which I have been prominently involved for many years. International organisations in anthropology now insist on inclusiveness through equal access to the means of knowledge production, with the aim of facilitating global dialogue and universal participation across all cultural and language barriers. We are grateful to Cambridge Scholars for supporting us in this quest.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th May 2016.


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