1. ESRC Genomics Network (archive)
  2. Gengage
  3. The Human Genre Project

Cesagen · People

Dr. Paul Oldham

Cesagen Research Fellow


01524 510837






FASS Building, County South


Dr. Paul Oldham is a social anthropologist specialising in issues surrounding the human rights of indigenous peoples and biodiversity. Paul trained at Lancaster University (B.A. Hons.), Cambridge University (M.Phil.) and carried out doctoral research at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Paul has carried out extensive fieldwork with the Piaroa (Wothïha) in the Venezuelan Amazon and in 1993 worked to establish the Regional Organisation of Indigenous Peoples of Amazonas (ORPIA) for whom he continues to serve as an independent adviser. Between 1996 and 1999 Paul served as the Convenor of the Masters Programme in Environmental Issues at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. In 1999 Paul turned to international policy work as a member of the Forest Peoples Programme and later at the Secretariat of the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests. In 2002 Paul returned to academia as a member of the Anthropology Department at the University of Durham before joining CESAGen in 2003 to work on the flagship project Indigenous Peoples and Globalisation of Genomics in Amazonia.

Dr. Oldham's research interests principally focus on the rights of indigenous peoples and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr. Oldham is a regular participant in events under the Convention and serves on the Advisory Board of the International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) in relation to this issue.