Researcher biography

I am an anthropologist, and my research focuses on health and health care in eastern Indonesia, West Papua, and Papua New Guinea, particularly HIV and reproductive health. For example, I investigate how global health interventions affect local political and health care configurations. 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, and 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 Negeri Papua in Manokwari)

Some recent publications:

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 health and gender research that is critical, political, applied, or cultural.

Areas of research