Dr Loretta I.T. Lou
DPhil Anthropology, University of Oxford
MSc by Research, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
B.A. Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle
Dr Loretta Lou is Research Fellow of the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick and a Postdoctoral Affiliate at Oxford’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA). Her research interests lie in the areas of environmental humanities, medical anthropology, social changes, social movements, and the meanings of a good/ethical life in southern China, including Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. After she received her DPhil in Anthropology from the University of Oxford, she went on to work as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) for the Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD) before joining the ERC funded project Toxic Expertise: Environmental Justice and the Global Petrochemical Industry at the University of Warwick.
Loretta’s doctoral research was an ethnographic study of a new way of ethical living called ‘green living’ in Hong Kong. She was interested in the implications of green living for self-nature relationship, social dynamics, ethics, political mobilizations, and the ways these domains are being shaped by Hong Kong’s social and political climate since its handover from British to Chinese sovereignty.
Building on her previous research on environmentalism in Asia, Loretta's postdoctoral project at Warwick focuses on the ways Chinese people make sense of environmental pollution and the social psychology of their coping mechanisms. More broadly, she's interested in the anthropology of responsibility, rights, justice, and the politics of 'victimhood' in contemporary China.
Prior to her academic career, Loretta worked as a public health researcher for the NHS, focusing on women’s experience of antenatal care in Scotland. She retains a strong interest in applied medical and environmental anthropology and their implications for women’s wellbeing and the feminist movement.
A list of Loretta's publications can be found here.