See below list for our staff members wide range of research interests.
- Dr Georgina Drew
Dr Georgina Drew is an anthropologist with an interest in environmental anthropology and the critical anthropology of development. She is particularly interested in struggles over resource use and management in South Asia and in the Himalaya more broadly. Two main threads bring together the specific topics that she has examined. The first is the cultural and religious politics that shape resource management decisions (as well as the conflicts that result). The second is the challenge of inclusive and culturally sensitive resource management. These threads often lead her to work with social movements and to write into the field of social movement studies. While she has in the past predominantly looked at these issues in rural areas, increasingly she is focusing on the urban zones (and the urban metabolism of rural resources).
- Dr Alison Dundon
Dr Alison Dundon is an anthropologist with extensive and long term field research in rural Papua New Guinea and recent research online. Dundon has published on medical anthropology, particularly sexual and gendered health and HIV/AIDS, in the anthropology of Christianity and ancestral and environmental spirituality, community development, art and material culture, space, place and dance, embodiment, sexuality and gender, including gendered and sexual violence. These publications have had a considerable impact on policy and programs designed to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and STIs in rural Melanesia, and to assess and challenge the bases of gender violence in PNG. More recently, she has conducted research on the anthropology of online interactions, particularly online dating, love, intimacy and well-being in both PNG and Australia.
- Dr Ashley Greenwood
Dr Ashley Greenwood is an anthropologist with research interests in post-conflict societies and cultures of violence. She has conducted fieldwork with Indigenous groups in Latin America and Australia and is looking at future projects in Papua New Guinea. Ashley's research interrogates how identities are constructed through local state narratives and the impact that histories of violence have on these. Ashley completed her PhD at La Trobe University and has worked as a Research Fellow at both the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. Before moving to the University of Adelaide she was working as an applied anthropologist in Far North Queensland doing native title research.
- Dr Susan Hemer
Dr Susan Hemer gained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne. Dr. Hemer's research interests include the social, health and gendered impacts of mining and development projects in Melanesia, as well as social and emotional dynamics in Melanesia more generally. She lectures in the areas of medical and psychological anthropology, and development studies. Prior to working at the University of Adelaide, Dr. Hemer held a research and project implementation position in the Community Relations Department for Lihir Gold in Papua New Guinea. Dr. Hemer publishes on medical or psychological anthropology, and development studies. Her book, Tracing the Melanesian Person, was published in 2013.
- Professor Amanda Kearney
Professor Amanda Kearney's academic career has been distinguished by a nearly two decade long commitment to ethnographic fieldwork with Indigenous communities in Australia. The particularity of her theoretical innovations around contemporary race relations and Indigenous lived experiences in Australia, born of collaborative fieldwork with Indigenous families, defines her standing as a praxis based academic in the discipline of anthropology and also Australian Indigenous Studies. Amanda's academic contributions provoke discussion on the legacy of Australia’s settler colonial past and diverse experiences of ethnic citizenry in Australia through the lens of cultural wounding, healing and 'emerging ethnicities'. Her research also engages with Indigenous experiences of long term land rights, ways of knowing, anthropological reflexivity, intangible cultural heritage and the emotional geographies that accompany homelands. Amanda collaborates with Yanyuwa families, the Indigenous owners of land and sea in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia and African descendant communities in Salvador, Bahia, north eastern Brazil.
- Dr Dianne Rodger
Dr Dianne Rodger is an anthropologist whose work focuses on media, popular culture and communication. She has held a number of research and teaching positions at the University of Adelaide. In 2011 she worked as a Research Assistant on a joint project with the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), the Department for International Development (DFID), 3ie & AusAID. This project resulted in the publication of a Systematic Review exploring the factors that facilitate and constrain C4D (communication for development) interventions in fragile states. In 2012 she began a two-year position as a Senior Research Fellow on an ARC linkage grant. This project, titled ‘Health-e Baby’, explored the health communication and media preferences of pregnant women and led to the production and evaluation of a tailored pregnancy smartphone application.
- Professor Andrew Skuse
Professor Andrew Skuse is Head of the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies and manages the Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU). He holds an undergraduate degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from University College London. His professional work focuses on how the poor interact with information resources and how these resources affect areas such as livelihoods, health, education, peace-building and social equity. Skuse has consulted widely on the role of C4D and ICTs in the developing world for numerous international development agencies, including ADB, AusAID, DFID, EU, GTZ and WHO. Skuse previously worked as a Social Development Adviser for the UK Department for International Development. (DFID) where he was responsible for the area of communications for development. His publications span both applied and academic fields and he has worked in many countries, including: Afghanistan, China, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Pacific Region, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
- Dr Thomas Wanner
Dr Thomas Wanner has a background in development studies, international political economy and international relations and politics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Tasmania and a PhD from Flinders University of South Australia. His main research and teaching interests are in the fields of development studies, the international and national political economy of environment and development issues, and transformative and critical pedagogies. He is particularly interested in the power and knowledge structures and relationships in societies that produce specific meanings and practices of unsustainability and how to transform them to achieve social and ecological justice. In the last few years, his research focus has been on climate change adaptation and gender, and community forestry in Vietnam. He is member of the Australian National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network, the Fay Gale Centre for Research and the Adaptation, Community, Environment Research Group at the University of Adelaide.