Researcher biography

I work in the political anthropology of health. This means that my expertise and interest crosses health inequalities, political conditions, gender/sexualities, and cultural meanings. For example, I investigate how global health interventions affect local political and health care configurations in West Papua province, Indonesia. I reflect on how racism intersects with alcohol consumption and beliefs about the body. I am interested in family policy and health care, particularly antenatal care and childbirth, but I connect these health challenges to theoretical discussions of racialisation, sovereignty, and critical medical anthropology. Some of my research has explored the 'dark side' of education by looking at the experiences of young people living away from home for schooling.

I have three current research projects.

  • Indigenous Papuan experiences of antenatal care and hospital delivery, especially caesarean births (funded by a UQ grant).
  • An ARC Discovery Project on health, social and economic vulnerabilities and resilience in Indonesia
  • Engaging customary leaders in HIV prevention in West Papua, Indonesia (DFAT-Australia Indonesia Institute, in collaboration with Universitas Papua)

Some recent publications:

At UQ I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students about global health, critical medical anthropology, sexuality, and social theory in the Pacific. I also coordinate Honours Research Seminar B.

I am interested in supervising critical, political, applied, cultural research on health and associated topics.

Areas of research