Dr Andrea Butcher
Postdoctoral Research Associate


An anthropologist by training, I joined Exeter in 2013 as an Associate Lecturer in the department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology. During that time, I continued to pursue my research examining the encounter between religion, environment, and development policy and intervention in Himalayan regions—drawing inspiration from SPA’s expertise in Science and Technology Studies to consider how a heterogeneity of climate perspectives influences technical interventions, including vernacular and ritual technical interventions.

Overlapping research themes meant that I developed close links with Geography and its members. I am a member of the Geography-based Environment and Sustainability Group, and have attended and participated in workshops, seminars and public engagement events hosted by the department. In 2017, I joined Geography as Postdoctoral Research Associate for the ESRC-funded project Production Without Medicalisation (2017-2019), a multidisciplinary collaboration of academic, industry, and NGO expertise in the UK and Bangladesh working in partnership with Bangladeshi shrimp farmers to investigate the practices and socio-economic drivers for the uses of non-therapeutic antibiotics in aquaculture, and to work together to develop sustainable disease management practices.

I have also participated in the research Network Rock/Body: Performative Interfaces Between the Body and the Geologic. I am a member of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies, and am also involved in the EASA Disaster and Crisis Anthropology Network (DICAN). I sit on the Executive Board of the International Association for Ladakh Studies, and I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


PhD (Aberdeen) Religious Studies (Religious Anthropology)
MA (Sussex) Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation
BA (Hons) (Middlesex) Political and International Studies and Third World Development

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AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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