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Amy Leigh Johnson

Research Fellow

Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Northumbria University, UK




Amy Leigh Johnson is a Research Fellow at Northumbria University's Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences. Her research focuses on the everyday experience of environmental and political change in South Asia, with a particular focus on lowland environments within the Nepal Himalaya. Using a person and place-entered ethnographic approach, Amy is interested in the gradual seditimization of political and environmental changes in social life as a way to ground theorisation of rural futures in South Asia. Amy completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Anthropology from Yale University in December 2020 and is a graduate of Yale's Combined Degree in Anthropology and the School of the Environment.   

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The Anthropocene is a newly proposed geological epoch that situates humans as geological agents responsible for altering Earth systems as evidenced in the geological record and directly experienced through the earth’s changing climate. There remains significant debate regarding when humans manifested change in Earth systems, as well as how human influence in planetary processes is evidenced geologically. As of 2022, “Anthropocene” has yet to be adopted as an official category of geological time by the International Commission on Stratigraphy and the International Union of Geologic Sciences. Its influence has nonetheless outpaced academic debate, informing politics, policies, and opinions worldwide. In this context, anthropologists engage the Anthropocene simultaneously as a coupled biophysical and geological fact and an imaginary shaping human relations to Earth and environment.


Johnson, Amy, Chris Hebdon, Paul Burow, Deepti Chatti, and Michael Dove. "Anthropocene." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology.  19. Oxford University Press. 

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