Robert Winthrop

External Advisory Board Member

Dr. Robert Winthrop is a Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland. As a cultural anthropologist, Rob specializes in the environment, natural resources, and energy, and his career has centered on professional practice, in both the private and public sectors. From 2002–2017, Rob was Senior Social Scientist at the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Washington, D.C. where he led BLM’s Socioeconomics Program. In that position, he was responsible for guiding the application of economics, anthropology, and other social sciences to land and resource management decisions from northern Alaska to the Mexican border. From 2000–2001, Rob directed the Environmental Anthropology Project, a program designed to increase anthropological expertise across the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. From 1981–2000, he was a principal of Cultural Solutions, providing social impact assessment, ethnography, and conflict resolution—primarily concerning disputes over American Indian rights and interests and the development of natural resources. Rob served on SESYNC’s External Advisory Board. 

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2018 - 2019
Areas of Expertise
environmental anthropology
Research Interests
climate change
energy, stewardship
non-utilitarian environmental values
social impact assessment
Methods of Expertise
qualitative analysis

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