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Visiting Scholar, The University of Melbourne

I have a PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University. My PhD research focused on the history of social and cultural change for Hulu speaking people of Papua New Guinea's Hela Province, and the impact of ExxonMobil's Papua New Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas (PNG LNG) Project. I have a professional background in geology and environmental science and worked as an environmental consultant before undertaking a Masters Degree in Development Studies where I conducted research into the impact of pollution from the Ok Tedi mine on West Papuan refugee communities living along the Fly River. My professional and academic background underpin my interest and work in the environmental, social and political effects of mining operations in the Pacific.


  • –present
    Visiting scholar, Australian National University
  • 2024–present
    Research affiliate, The University of Melbourne


  • 2020 
    The Australian National University, PhD
  • 2014 
    The University of Melbourne, Master of Deveopment Studies
  • 1995 
    The University of Melbourne, BSc (Hons) Geology


  • 2021
    Absence as Immoral Act: The PNG LNG Project and the Impact of an Absent State, The Absent Presence of the State in Large-Scale Resource Extraction Projects
  • 2021
    The Land of Painted Bones: Warfare, Trauma, and History in Papua New Guinea's Hela Province, Anthropological Forum
  • 2021
    Media review of A Distant Thud in the Jungle (140 km à l'ouest du paradis) by Céline Rouzet, Journal of Pacific History
  • 2021
    From donation to handout: Resource wealth and transformations of inequality in Huli politics, Unequal Lives: Gender, Race and Class in the Western Pacific
  • 2019
    The Papua New Guinea Natural Gas Project and the moral decay of the universe, Disasters in popular orality
  • 2018
    Resources curse PNG communities’ future, East Asia Forum
  • 2018
    How PNG LNG Is Shaking Up the Earthquake, EnviroSociety

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society