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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).

List of publications 

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Local assistant taking biological samples on a Potamogale
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©R. Duda
Blood sampling on chicken, Bodzuna village, DRC, august 2019
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Duda, R. 2020 (à paraître). Les causes du mal : ethnographie des représentations de l’émergence de la 9ème épidémie d’Ebola en R.D.C. (province de l’Equateur, 8 mai – 24 juillet 2018). Bulletin de la Société de pathologie exotique. Reyes-Garcia, V. Diaz-Revieriego, I., Duda R., Fernandez-Llamazares, A., Gallois, S. 2020. Hunting otherwise: women’s hunting in two contemporary forager-horticulturalist societies. Human Nature Duda, R. 2020. Une nature sans dialogue. Les Baka face aux limites diplomatiques de la conservation au Cameroun. Blog de la revue Terrain, Anthropologie & Sciences Humaines. (mise en ligne 17 septembre 2020) Koster, J; McElreath, R;  Hill, K; Yu, D ; ,  Shepard Jr., G; van Vliet, N; Gurven, M; BTrumble, B: Bliege Bird, R; Bird, D; Codding, B; Coad, L; Pacheco-Cobos, L; Winterhalder, B; Lupo, K; Schmitt, D;  Sillitoe, P; Franzen, M; Alvard, M; Venkataraman, V; Kraft, T; Kirk Endicott, K; Beckerman, S; Marks, S A; Headland, T; Pangau-Adam, M; Siren, A; Kramer, K; Greaves, R; Reyes-García, V; Guèze, M; Duda, R; Fernández-Llamazares, A; Gallois, S: Napitupulu, L; Ellen, R; Ziker, J; Nielsen, M R; Ready, E; Healey, C and Ross, C. 2020. The life history of human foraging: Cross-cultural and individual variation. Science Advances, 6(26)   Duda R., Gallois S. 2019. Chasse, déclin de la faune et conservation au Sud-est Cameroun : perceptions par les Baka et conséquences sur leur mode de vie. In: Le devenir des peuples autochtones pygmées à l’orée du 21ème siècle. Coll. Questions Autochtones. GITPA (Groupe International de Travail pour les Peuples Autochtones), pp.203-216. Bedford, J., Falero, F., Manianga Nkeni, C., Duda, R., Alcayna-Stevens, L., Shadid, J., Singaravelu, S., Bhatiasevi, A., Chitnis, K., Epelboin, A., Ripoll, S. and Gobat, N. 2019. Application of social science in the response to Ebola, Équateur Province, Democratic Republic of the CongoWeekly Epidemiological Record, 94 (‎3)‎, 19 – 23 Duda R., Gallois, S., & Reyes-García, V. 2018Ethnozoology of bushmeat. Importance of wildlife in diet, food avoidances and perception of health among the Baka (Cameroon) Revue d’Ethnoécologie, 14. Duda R. 2018. Dumoutier et la collecte de moulages anthropologiques : une empreinte de l’altérité au XIXe siècle. In Leblan V. & Juhé-Beaulaton D. (Eds.) Le spécimen et le collecteur : savoirs naturalistes, pouvoirs et altérités (xviiie-xxe siècles), Paris : Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, 2018, 509 p. (Archives ; 27). Duda R., Gallois, S., & Reyes-García, V. 2017. Hunting techniques, wildlife offtake and market integration. A perspective from individual variations among the Baka (Cameroon). African Study Monographs 38(2), pp.97-118. Gallois S., Duda R., Reyes-García V. 2017. Local ecological knowledge among Baka children : a case of “children’s culture” ? Journal of Ethnobiology 37(1) : 60–80. Reyes-Garcia, V. Diaz-Revieriego, I., Duda R., Fernandez-Llamazares, A., Gallois, S. & Huditz, S. 2017. The dynamic nature of indigenous agricultural knowledge. An analysis of change among the Baka (congo Basin) and the Tsimane’ (Amazon). In Sillitoe P. (ed.). Indigenous knowledge. Enhancing its contribution to natural resources management. CAB International : 15-27. Gallois S., Duda R. 2016. Beyond productivity : The socio-cultural role of fishing among the Baka of southeastern CameroonRevue d’ethnoécologie, 10. Gallois S., Duda R. & Reyes-García V. 2016. “Like Father, Like Son” ? Baka children’s ethnoecological learning in a context of cultural change. In Pyhälä A. & Reyes-García V. (Ed.) Hunter-Gatherers in a changing world. New York, Springer  : 195-212. Fa, J. E., Olivero, J., Farfán, M. A., Lewis, J., Yasuoka, H., Noss, A., Hattori, S., Carpaneto, G., Germi, F., Márquez, A. L., Duarte, J., Duda, R., Gallois, S., Riddell, M., Nasi, R. 2016. Differences between indigenous and non-indigenous hunting in Congo basin forestsPlosOne,10(9). Reyes-García V., Díaz-Reviriego I., Duda R., Fernández-Llamazares Á., Gallois S., Guèze M., Napitupulu T., Orta M., Pyhäla A. 2016The adaptive nature of culture. A cross-cultural analysis of the returns of Local Environmental Knowledge in three indigenous societiesCurrent Anthropology, 57(6). Reyes-García V., Díaz-Reviriego I., Duda R., Fernández-Llamazares Á., Gallois S., Guèze M., Napitupulu T., Pyhäla A. 2016Peer evaluation can be a reliable method to measure local ecological knowledge, Field Methods, 28(4) : 1–18. Reyes-García V., Pyhäla A, Díaz-Reviriego I., Duda R., Fernández-Llamazares Á., Gallois S., Guèze M., Napitupulu T. 2016. Schooling, Local Knowledge and Working Memory : A Study among Three Contemporary Hunter-Gatherer SocietiesPlosOne, 11(1). Gallois S., Duda R., Hewlett, B.S. & Reyes-García V. 2015. Children’s daily activities and knowledge acquisition : A case study among the Baka from southeastern Cameroon. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 11(1).     THESIS Duda R. 2017. Ethnoecology of hunting in an empty forest. Practices, local perceptions and social change about the Baka (Cameroon), Phd thesis. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 299 p.     COMMUNICATIONS Duda R. 2020. Chasse, déclin de la faune et conservation au Sud-est Cameroun. Séminaire Perspectives Comparées du Droit des Populations Autochtones (Irène Bellier coord.). 13 février 2020, EHESS, Paris. Duda R. Mbala Kingebeni, P., Ilombe, G.,  Bobo Nicaise, L., Kennedy, S., Simon-Laurière, E., Bokika Ngawolo, J.-C., Narat, V., & Giles-Vernick, T., 2019. Circulations virales, microbiennes et partage d’environnement : Une approche anthropologique du contact homme-animal (Province de Maï-Ndombe, RDC). 10ème Congrès International de Pathologies Infectieuses et Parasitaires : Maladies infectieuses et parasitaires: défis contextuels, gènes et environnement et perspectives Kinshasa, 14-16 novembre 2019, Kinshasa. Duda R. 2018. The social duty of the master-hunter. Changes in social status and prestige among the Baka of Cameroon. 12th International Conference on Hunter-Gatherers Societies (CHAGS). 23-27 july 2018. Georgetown, Penang Island. Malaysia. Duda. R. 2018. Game to play, game to share. Diversity of hunting techniques among Baka children14 min. Video presented at the 12th International Conference on Hunter-Gatherers Societies (CHAGS). 23-27 july 2018. Georgetown, Penang Island. Malaysia. Duda. R. 2017. Autochtonie, droits et identité ‘pygmée’ dans le contexte des politiques de conservation au sud-est Cameroun. Séminaire Autochtonie(s), dirigé par Nadia Balaidi. Laboratoire Eco-anthropologie & Ethnobiologie (UMR7206). Musée de l’Homme. Paris Duda R.. 2014. Intracultural variations of hunting practices among the Baka (Cameroon). 14th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology. 1-7 June 2014. Bumthang, Bhutan Gallois S. & Duda R.. 2015. Biodiversidad y Estrategias de conservacion : contexto local en el Sureste de Camerun. In seminar “Àrees protegides, biodiversitat i comunitats : aprenent de les experiències de conservació a l’Àfrica”. 14-15-16 april 2015. Centre d’ Estudis Africans de Barcelona (CEA)     EXPERTISE REPORTS & POLICY BRIEFS Duda R, Alcayna-Stevens L & Bedford J. Ebola in DRC, 2018. Engaging Twa communities in Équateur ProvinceF1000Research 2018, 7:982 Duda, R. 2018. Les ‘Pygmées’ Twa de la province de l’Equateur : brève revue de la littérature anthropologique. Synthèse bibliographique écrite pour le réseau Riposte Ebola OMS/Veille internet d’Alain Epelboin (CNRS-MNHN) Duda, R. 2018. Approche anthropologique de l’épidémie d’Ebola à Itipo, province de l’Equateur, RDC. Rapport de mission. ALIMA. 45 p. Duda R. (avec la collaboration d’Alain Epelboint). 2018. Anthropologie appliquée à la sensibilisation sanitaire et aux droits des populations autochtones Aka de la Likouala (Congo). Rapport de mission commandé par l’ONG Ordre de Malte France. Mai 2018. Duda R. (avec la collaboration d’Alain Epelboin). 2017. Evaluation anthropologique du programme “Soutien et amélioration des conditions de vie des populations autochtones de la Likouala (Congo). Rapport de mission commandé par l’ONG Ordre de Malte France. Décembre 2017. Reyes-García, V., Pyhälä, A., Guèze, M., Díaz-Reviriego, I., Duda, R., Fernández-Llamazares, Á., Gallois, S., Napitupulu, L. 2015. Local perceptions of wellbeing. Insights from the Global South-pb3en.pdf]. LEK Project Policy Brief 3. Guèze, M., Díaz-Reviriego, I., Duda, R., Fernández-Llamazares, Á., Gallois, S., Napitupulu, L., Pérez, P., Pyhälä, A., Reyes-García, V. 2015. A biocultural approach to conservation : What can conservationists learn from forest use by contemporary indigenous peoples ?-pb2en.pdf]LEK Project Policy Brief 2. 2015. Reyes-García, V., Díaz-Reviriego, I., Duda, R., Fernández-Llamazares, Á., Gallois, S., Guèze, M., Napitupulu, L., Pérez, P., Pyhälä, A. 2015. Lessons from the field : What can the knowledge society learn from the study of local environmental knowledge ?-pb1en.pdf] LEK Project Policy Brief 1.