Researcher biography

I am an anthropologist, and my research focuses on reproduction and racism, particularly in eastern Indonesia, West Papua, and Papua New Guinea. My work examines health care and technology in relation to fertility, pregnancy, and birth, asking why new technologies and medical advancements do not improve birth and health care experiences and outcomes for racialised minorities. I am interested in reproductive justice and what it looks like, or might look like, for diverse people and places.

I have several current research projects.

  • Reproductive sovereignty - Indigenous Papuan experiences of antenatal care and hospital delivery, especially caesarean births (funded by UQ).
  • Health, social and economic vulnerabilities and resilience in Indonesia (an ARC Discovery Project grant with colleagues from UWA and Oxford)
  • Engaging customary leaders in HIV prevention in West Papua, Indonesia (DFAT-Australia Indonesia Institute, in collaboration with Dr Els Rieke Katmo, Universitas Negeri Papua)
  • Sexual violence and the limits of consent (UQ HASS led by A/Prof Lisa Featherstone)

Some recent publications:

I teach undergraduate and postgraduate anthropology courses on colonialism, racism, development, health, gender, and social theory with a regional focus on Indonesia and the Pacific.

Areas of research