UQ Anthropologists consider the Asia-Pacific region including Australia to be at the core of Anthropology’s strategic research interests for the future. We have significant expertise in theoretical and conceptual areas of the discipline and are renowned for our strengths in applied research. The Anthropology Museum’s scholarly exhibition program provides the discipline, among others, with a forum for public engagement with academic ideas. The Museum brings unique potential to our teaching and research as does UQCHU (UQ Culture & Heritage Unit), which employs anthropologists on research consultancies.
Three areas of research strength among UQ Anthropologists – environment, knowledge, and identity – are identified as recognisable areas of research and teaching expertise. We intend to grow these areas through the development of national and international research funding and partnerships, high impact publications, and high-quality student recruitment.
Never before has an informed understanding of human-environment relations been so pressing, as one of the greatest challenges facing society is the environmental impact of climate change and rapid industrialisation.
UQ Anthropologists conduct diverse research reflecting the complexity of issues and debates on the environment. Ethnographically informed research on the mining industry and its effect on the environment and on communities in Australia and abroad is a focus of UQ’s discipline. A key specialization developed at UQ is the field of Native Title, which merges applied anthropology and law. UQ Anthropologists also combine material artefacts, museum collections and ethnography to analyse how environmental engagement, knowledge and perception develops in different societies.
What does it mean to live in an age of globalised knowledge? Is this an outcome of globalising ‘knowledge societies’ or is it because of a universal demand for knowledge to solve global problems?
UQ Anthropologists conduct research in a broad range of fields that examines new forms of knowledge economies in a rapidly changing world. Our research is actively engaged in generating empirical research on risk in society: how environmental risks attached to mining industries are transmitted, managed and understood within rural communities; or, the sense of perceived risk of steroid-use amongst young men. UQ anthropologists are engaged in projects examining how digital communications and their aesthetics transform traditional knowledge networks. Our research is challenging assumptions that digital communications bridge social equalities, enfranchise communities in rural and remote areas, and strengthen civil society.
Do social identities matter in a seemingly fluid, culturally heterogeneous, and ever-changing world?
UQ Anthropologists study expressions and articulations of identity as well as more abstract and fixed ideas of identity among peoples in different parts of the world. We ask; are the politics of identity implicated in migration and population mobility, patterns of conflict, and the use of resources and environment? Our research examines religious and ethnic identity in creating social and political boundaries and how such boundaries are negotiated between groups and through time. UQ anthropologists are engaged in research that seeks to understand forms of ethnic and gender identity in Australian society and elsewhere. How do group and individual identities shape ideas of what the human body can do or should be? Projects exploring articulations of settler and indigenous identities in settler-colonial societies have a focus on a sense of belonging to place, to people, or to nation.
Food, Farming and Financialisation: Agri-food Transformations in Australia
ARC Discovery Projects
|2016 to 2018|
50,000 years of human subsistence behaviour in northern Australia
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
|2015 to 2017|
Significance Assessment of the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum Photographic Collection
National Library of Australia
Lives in limbo: An anthropology of refugee experiences in Malaysia
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
|2014 to 2016|
Culture as Cure: Immigrants, Systemic Family Therapy and Emotional Suffering
UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
|2013 to 2015|
Project: The significance of Heritage in Events: Representation and Interpretation of Malaysian National Heritage in Australia.
Advisors: Assoc Prof Annie Ross and Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter
Project: The bush-yarning body: Embodied narrative, emotion, and sense-of-place during environmental-economic uncertainty in a rural Queensland community.
Advisors: Prof David Trigger, Dr Richard Martin and Dr Victor Igreja
Project: Applying the theory of cultural codes to discuss the designed forms and contents of cultural and creative products - taking the products of Taiwan National Palace Museum NPM as the case study.
Advisors: Dr Graeme Were and Prof Ian Lilley
Project: Effects of regional environment on experience and expression of Jewish identity: a case study of South East Queensland
Advisors: Prof David Trigger and Dr Cheryll Alipio
Project: Getting the science right: Queensland's coal seam gas development and the engagement with scientific knowledge, uncertainty and socio-environmental risks.
Advisors: Prof David Trigger and Dr Kim de Rijke
Project: Faith Based and Secular Non-Government Organisations in Humanitarian Work: A comparative case study of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and a secular organisation in the Philippines.
Advisors: Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter, Adjunct Prof Adil Khan and Dr Iderlina Mateo-Babiano
Project: Hearing the Indigenous Voices: Cultural heritage management and sustainable tourism development for the Cham community in Ninh Thuan province, Vietnam
Advisors: Prof Ian Lilly and Dr Andrew Sneddon
Project: Aboriginal people in Australia's criminal justice system: an anthropological analysis of criminal justice court proceedings.
Advisors: Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter and Prof Heather Douglas
Project: Shaping the Future: the post land claim era and its effect on place, identity and economy for Lamalama people of Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York, Queensland.
Advisors: Prof David Trigger, Dr Diane Hafner and Dr Nolene Cole
Project: Locating Tibetanness: An ethnographic exploration of Tibetan cultural geographies of exile.
Advisors: Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter, Dr Cheryll Alipio, and Assoc Prof Annie Ross
Project: Women's experiences of extra-ordinary breastfeeding situations in the Australian context: low supply milk sharing and definitions of motherhood
Advisors: Dr Sally Babidge and Assoc Prof Jon Willis
Project: Political ecology of forest wilderness in Tasmania, Australia and Washington, USA: a comparative study.
Advisors: Prof Ian Lilley, Prof David Trigger and Dr Richard Martin
Project: The Origin of Austronesians: A historial investigation of interactive relations between southern ethnic groups in China and Austronesians
Advisors: Professor Ian Lilley and Assoc Prof Andrew Fairbairn
Project: Understanding Islam and Asian values within the social responsibility context in Malaysian journaslistic practices: A critical ethnography.
Advisors: Dr Gerhard Hoffstaedter and Dr Cheryll Alipio
Project: Ethnic Symbol Production, Distinction and Power: an Archaeological Study on ethnic symbol production in Blang Ethnic Group of Southwest Chin
Advisors: Assoc Prof Graeme Were and Prof Ian Lilley