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Elena Burgos Martinez

Guest Researcher

Dr. E.E. Burgos Martinez
+31 71 527 2727

I am an anthropologist and a linguist engaged in interdisciplinary research in the intersection of sustainability, environmental theory, island languages, political ecology and identity. I am part of Leiden University's Institute for Area Studies: Asia and the Middle East (Southeast Asia branch). I lecture at a variety of theoretical and methodological courses at BA, MA and PhD level. Amongst them, I coordinate a PhD seminar series entitled 'Discipline and Place in the Humanities and Social Sciences' (with Leiden Global), where higher education paradigms and (inter) disciplinary identities are problematised from critical and decolonial stances. Positionality and reflexivity are central to my research and teaching.

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I am interested in the linguistic anthropology and political ecology of small islands and small archipelagos across the world, particularly in Northeastern Indonesia (especially around Sulawesi), the Indian Ocean and the North Sea. I have conducted extensive fieldwork and ethnographic research at small Indonesian islands: exploring processes of island identity formation and local environmental knowledge, including conceptual and epistemological frictions across sea. I am also interested in contemporary environmental theory, the semantic expansion of 'sustainability' (both policy and practice), language contact, linguistic alliances and language change in coastal settings. Past research has also explored accent profiling, higher education paradigms and ontologies, and language ideology in the UK.

Curriculum vitae

  • BKO (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs)- Leiden University (Netherlands)
  • PGCAP: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Durham University, England)
  • Durham Learning and Teaching Award (DULTA)
  • PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology, Durham University (in progress)
  • PhD in Sociolinguistics (Edinburgh University, Scotland)
  • MSc in Social Anthropology (Edinburgh University, Scotland)
  • MSc in Education and Language (Edinburgh University, Scotland)
  • MA in Education (Granada University, Spain)


  • Thematic Seminar: Research Methods: A Matter of Context: Including Environmental Issues in Research (BA International Studies)
  • The Politics of Culture in Southeast Asia (MA and Research MA Asian Studies)
  • Observation Methods in Ethnography (Research MA Asian Studies)
  • Regionalisms in World Politics (MA International Relations)
  • Discipline and Place in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Research MA and PhD course)
  • Political Economy of Asia (Leiden University College)

I'm also involved in Leiden University's Pre-University College programme, currently designing a new programme for implementation in The Hague.

Guest Researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Indonesie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden



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