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Professor of Geography and Head of School, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University

My research for the last 30 years has primarily focussed on the socio-economic and cultural dimensions of large-scale extractive industries in Papua New Guinea. This research is framed by theoretical concerns with development, local agency and empowerment. I am currently conducting collaborative research which explores economic development on customary land in the Pacific, based on case studies in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. As an academic (and personal) sideline, I research and write on the New Zealand and global wine industry, from a geographical perspective.


  • –present
    Professor of Geography and Head of School, Massey University


  • 1997 
    The Australian National University, PhD