Timothy Clack


As the Chingiz Gutseriev Research Fellow, Tim serves as an intellectual bridge between Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) and School of Archaeology. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Changing Character of War Centre (CCW).

Tim has long-standing research interests in human responses to environmental and climatic change. Focused on past and present manifestations, his varied research projects explore: environmental and resource decline as a driver of conflict; social and environmental impacts of development interventions (e.g. dams and agro-industry); shifting experiences of supernatural and symbolic potency linked to the environment; ceremonial intensification in the face of climate fluctuations; environmental change and the impact on heritage sites; and the ethics of conducting research amidst climate-impacted communities. He has explored these and related lines of research in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania), Central and Southern Asia (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, India, Uzbekistan), and also in North America, the Caucasus and South Atlantic.

Tim also has considerable experience outside of academia having been engaged in senior roles in the UK Cabinet Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Stabilisation Unit.