I am a social scientist with a PhD in anthropology and two decades of experience in research and development projects in natural resource management across the Asia-Pacific region.. For the last 15 years I have worked in the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University (CDU). My PhD research focussed on Indonesian Fishing in Australian waters and I previously worked in the Pacific Islands at the South Pacific Regional Environment Program.
I lead a multidisciplinary group of scientists and postgraduate scholars working on fisheries, natural resource management, livelihoods and food security projects in northern Australia and Southeast Asia and in particular, Indonesia and Timor Leste. Current and recent research projects and consultancies have included: Development of a Livelihoods module for a Pacific handbook on gender equity and social inclusion in coastal fisheries and aquaculture; Supporting development of Indigenous fishing enterprises in the Northern Territory; Small-scale fisheries in Indonesia: benefits to households, the roles of women, and opportunities for improving livelihoods (ACIAR); Social Impacts of Small Scale Artisanal Mining in eastern Indonesia (DFAT); Social Impact Study of the Bradshaw Field Training Area (Department of Defence); Improving coastal livelihoods and fisheries management in the cross -border regions of the Arafura-Timor Seas region (CDU); and Indigenous perceptions of climate change and aquaculture enterprise development (NCCARF).
I have supervised more than 20 postgraduate students and have 50 peer reviewed publications including a recent co-authored book (2018) on Social Wellbeing and the Values of Small-scale Fisheries and a special journal issue on Understanding Coastal Livelihoods in the Arafura and Timor Seas published in Marine Policy.
I also teach a Masters of Environment Management unit on “Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods’ focused on practical skills for enabling livelihood diversification in different Indigenous and developing country contexts.