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Maddy Pearson is a social anthropologist with a longstanding interest in human-environmental relations. Maddy has a BA and MSc from the London School of Economics in social anthropology and anthropology and development. Maddy recently submitted her PhD based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine which focused on river relations on a drying chalk stream in South-East England. Her thesis considered how environmental, climactic, and pandemic uncertainty, impacted river relations and came to bear on considerations of health as a more-than-human, intimate public practice.


  • Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Avon Wildlife Trust
Social Scientist | Anthropologist
Society and environment research group (SERG)

Forestry Commission Office

620 Coldharbour Lane


BS16 1EJ


Other Research

Alongside her PhD studies, Maddy worked as a teaching assistant at King’s College London for three years prior to her time at Forest Research. Maddy’s time in teaching has made her passionate about knowledge exchange as well as diversity and inclusion in education and research settings.

As a researcher at SERG, Maddy is bringing her skills of in-depth ethnography, interdisciplinary theoretical engagement, and qualitative analysis, to projects spanning natural colonisation, land manager values, public access to woodlands, and community tree nurseries.

Maddy is further interested in social studies of riparian landscapes and would like to connect and collaborate with other researchers in this area.