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Anke   Moesinger

PhD Student
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Germany
University of Bremen (Germany)
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I speak in the following language(s): English, German, Tok Pisin, Pijin

My previous research ranges from coral reef ecology and paleoecology in Belize, Panama and the Bahamas (Aronson et al 2009), to social dimensions of CBMRM approaches in the Tetepare MPA in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. I conducted this ethnographic research in 2011 at the Australian National University. This project examined how external donors’ (WWF) conservation values behind the establishment of the Tetepare Conservation Area corresponded with local values and norms. It concluded that the structure and implementation of this Conservation Area served to benefit mainly local elites and outside conservation interests while disadvantaging the majority of local stakeholders with regards to their varying desires for development. The purported ‘community work’ components of the conservation project triggered unintended consequences such as elite capture, nepotism, conflict and project dependency, which largely outweighed the benefits that the project was designed to provide. Currently, I just completed 14 months of fieldwork in Melanesia for my PhD research(to be submitted in early to mid 2018). The focus of the ethnographic research, conducted on Takuu Atoll,Bougainville, PNG examines how LEK, including extensive taxonomic marine invertebrate and vertebrate data, resource use patterns, socio- economic factors such as the continued nationwide ban on beche-de-mer,and increasing extra- island contentedness shape perceptions and narratives of environmental change.
Biological sciences
Member of
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Bougainville province
Historical periods
The Colonial time
20th century
21st century
Indigenous languages
Tok Pisin, Takuu, Touo, Pijin
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  • Masters Research (2011)
    Local Perspectives and Environmental Protection: exploring the social dimensions of the Tetepare Marine Protected Area. — Australian National University
    Western Province, Solomon Islands: Conducted Ethnographic work exploring local perceptions of the Tetepare Marine Protected Area and the Tetepare Descendants' Association (TDA) sustainable livelihood ventures with participants in the Lokuru region on Rendova Island. Created extensive glossary of local Touo language. Supervisors: Dr. Sango Mahanty (ANU, primary), Dr. Simon Foale (JCU, external)
  • PhD Research (2012 to now)
    Perceptions/discourses of rapid environmental change on Takuu Atoll, PNG — Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT)/ University of Lucerne, Switzerland
    Ethnographic research was conducted on Bougainville, PNG for 13 months (April 2013-May 2014) The research examines how local inhabitants perceive and understand their atoll environment as well as the rapid changes that are occurring. Participant observation, augmented by 55 Semi structured interviews with both male and female residents, 4 Focus Group Discussions, numerous informal discussions, 2 ethnographic censuses and mapping techniques were utilized to ascertain how perceptions of environmental change are distributed socially and how local understandings have been shaped through interactions with previous scientists, missionaries, politicians, a documentary film crew, and community members living abroad in other parts of PNG. These dialogues and their sensitivity to specific social, economic and political variables are the focal point of the anthropological study. Attitudes of the local population to perceived risks and to planned relocation are also central to the inquiry.
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bettina Beer (Primary, University of Lucerne)
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