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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. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of New South Wales and a PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University. She is currently Coordinator of the Honours program and the Bachelors Degree in International Development. 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 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 Andrew Skuse

    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 Dianne Rodger

    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.

  • Dr Richard Vokes

    Richard Vokes is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Adelaide, and an elected Research Associate of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He holds a B.A. Hons. and an M.A. with Distinction in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent, and a D.Phil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. His research focuses primarily on the African Great Lakes region, especially on the societies of South-western Uganda, where he has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork since 2000. He has published extensively on this region, including on: new religious movements, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the history of photography, media and social change, and the anthropology of development (education, governance and infrastructure). He also works on African-Australians, eLearning, and the Anthropology of Antarctica. He has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Curl Essay Prize, a Finalist Award in the African Studies Association’s Herskovits competition, and the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Sutasoma Prize.

  • Dr Ashley Greenwood

    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.  

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