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Michael   Main

PhD Student
School of Culture, History & Language
Australian National University (Australia)

I am currently a PhD Candidate at The Australian National University conducting research into the history of modernity and cultural change for Huli-speaking people of Papua New Guinea's Hela Province. Hela Province is also home to ExxonMobil's giant PNG LNG project. I have a background in environmental geo-science and development anthropology with a focus on the impact of resource extraction operations in Papua New Guinea. Prior to my PhD I completed a masters thesis that focused on West Papuan refugee villages on the Fly River and their experience with pollution from the Ok Tedi mine. Prior to my post-graduate studies I worked for several years as an environmental consultant and before that as a gold exploration geologist. I am most interested in the complex issues around resource extraction as a vehicle for development and its attendant failures in that regard.
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Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
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