Tessa Minter is assistant professor at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, the Netherlands. In her research and teaching she focuses on environmental anthropology, with a specific interest in hunter-gatherers’ adaptation to environmental change in Southeast Asia. Her work is based on long-term fieldwork among the Agta of the Northern Philippines, in which she combines classical ethnographic methods with the collection of systematic records on demography, time-allocation, hunting- and fishing success, food intake, health and child-care.
Tessa has been studying the human ecology of Southeast Asian hunter-gatherers since 2002, focusing on the adaptation of livelihood strategies and settlement patterns in response to environmental and social change. She also looks into the question of how hunter-gatherers are involved in environmental decision making processes.