Romain Duda is leading anthropological research in central Africa focusing on relations between societies and their environment, specially on human-animal interactions and contacts.
Postdoctoral researcher at Institut Pasteur since november 2018, he is involved within MICROTONE project, a study at the interface of historical anthropology, ethnozoology and the emergence of zoonotic diseases. In this interdisciplinary context, he is leading with Tamara Giles-Vernick (Pasteur) and Victor Narat (CNRS) an analysis of humans-animals contacts along a gradient of ecological change in a forest-savanna mosaic in Democratic Republic of Congo (Bolobo territory).
MSc in Ethnoecology of the French Museum of Natural History, Romain has completed a PhD in Anthropology & Environmental Sciences at the UAB (Barcelona) with a codirection by the Musée de l’Homme (Paris). Since 2012, he has conducted several fieldworks in Cameroon, Congo and DRC among different hunter-gatherers groups, so-called ‘indigenous’ or ‘Pygmies’ (Baka, Bayaka, Batwa). His research among the Baka focused on the changes in the sociocultural aspects of hunting & relations to wildlife and conservation strategies. In 2018, he has worked as a freelance researcher in the Likouala (Northern Congo) to propose adapted solutions to improve healthcare & rights access to Bayaka communities, and in DRC to provide an anthropological perspective during the Ebola outbreak that affected the Equateur province.
His postdoctoral research led within Microtone project is funded by INCEPTION, a selected project of the ANR “Institut Convergence” programme (2017 – 2025).