Researcher biography

I am a cultural anthropologist and I work mainly in West Papua (Tanah Papua), eastern Indonesia, though I also have some research experience in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. My research is ethnographic, qualitative, and collaborative. My interests are in health, gender and violence. I am interested in the various ways that indigenous Papuans engage with and theorise the Indonesian state and international development agendas, especially sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and schooling. I am currently writing about Indigenous health activism and approaches to HIV education and care, and researching Indigenous women's experiences of antenatal care and hospital delivery, especially caesarean births (funded by a UQ ECR grant). A related dimension of my research focuses on gender, violence and alcohol in Papua, and I worked with the UN's Partners 4 Prevention on primary prevention of violence research in Papua. I am a chief investigator on the ARC Discovery Project, 'Understanding Social, Economic and Health Vulnerabilities in Indonesia' led by Professor Lynette Parker (UWA). I teach medical anthropology, anthropological theory, and Honours-level writing. I currently advise HDR students researching gender, health, and violence, and I am interested in advising postgraduate anthropological research on health, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Some recent publications include my monograph, Dreams made small: The education of Papuan highlanders in Indonesia (Berghahn, 2018) and an article soon appearing in The Contemporary Pacific called Indigenous Masculinities and the "Refined Politics" of Alcohol and Racialization in West Papua.

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