David Trigger works on the different meanings attributed to land and nature across diverse sectors of society and in different countries. His research encompasses academic studies of how land and sense of place inform the cultural identities of citizens with diverse ancestries. His research is mostly focused on Australian society. In Australian Aboriginal Studies, Professor Trigger has carried out more than 35 years of anthropological study on Indigenous systems of land tenure, including applied research on resource development negotiations and native title claims. In collaboration with colleagues he has in recent years sought understanding of the overlaps and divergences of senses of place among those with Euro-Australian, Asian and Aboriginal ancestries. This work includes projects focused on a comparison of pro-development, environmentalist and Aboriginal perspectives on land and nature. Of particular interest are the issues of 'nativeness' and 'invasiveness' as understood in both nature and society, with implications for issues of land, cultural identity and environmental management.
Trigger, David (2013). Rethinking nature and nativeness. In Cris Shore and Susanna Trnka (Ed.), Up close and personal : on peripheral perspectives and the production of anthropological knowledge (pp. 140-157) New York, United States: Berghahn Books.
Trigger, D. (2008). Place, belonging and nativeness in Australia. In Frank Vanclay, Matthew Higgins and Adam Blackshaw (Ed.), Making Sense of Place: Exploring concepts and expressions of place through different senses and lenses1 ed. (pp. 301-309) Canberra: National Museum of Australia Press.
Trigger, D. and Wilding, R. (2002). Perth. In Melvin Ember and Carol R. Ember (Ed.), Encyclopedia of urban cultures: cities and cultures around the world (pp. 417-425) Danbury, CT, United States: Grolier.
Trigger, David S. (1995). Some aspects of cultural diversity throughout indigenous Australia. In: Frank McKeown and National Native Title Tribunal, Native title : an opportunity for understanding : proceedings of an induction course conducted by the National Native Title Tribunal to increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other cultural perspectives in the native title process. National Native Title Tribunal Induction Course to increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other cultural perspectives in the native title process, Nedlands, WA, Australia, (25-39). 1-3 December 1994.