Associate Professor Monica Minnegal
My role in the industry:
Monica lectures in anthropology at The University of Melbourne, with primary teaching and supervision interests in the areas of ecological/environmental anthropology and economic anthropology.
Her research focuses on the processes that shape change in the ways that people understand relationships to each other and the land. She has spent many years working with Kubo and Bedamuni people in Papua New Guinea, studying the impacts of modernity on their understandings and practices. More recently, she has worked with professional fishermen in Victoria, investigating the effects of different forms of engagement with the sea, with markets and with management on organisation of social relationships, community cohesion and reproduction, and fisher identity. Her latest research is taking her back to PNG, to explore how anticipating the arrival of a major resource-extraction project – the PNG LNG pipeline – is affecting local social practices and cultural understandings.