Articulation of social and ecological systems, and processes of change those systems (ecological and economic anthropology; social and environmental change; symbolic and political ecology; fishing and fisheries management)
A/Prof Minnegal 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.
This current research is funded by an ARC Discovery grant awarded in 2012, titled: "Global capital, local understandings: changing ecologies of knowledge in response to a major resource extraction project in Papua New Guinea".
2012 Interdisciplinary Seed Funding (MSSI) – $40,000. Project: Conceptions of human-nature relationships and sustainable action: Development and preliminary testing of an interdisciplinary theoretical framework. joint investigators: K. Williams, J.M. Boldero, P.D. Dwyer
2004-05 British Academy/Association of Commonwealth Universities Grant for International Collaboration – £3990. Project: Comparative study of ITQs in small-scale fisheries. Joint chief investigator: Roger Just, Univ. of Kent, Canterbury, UK
2002-04 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant – $130,000. Project: Victorian fishers: an ethnographic Study. joint chief investigators: Roger Just, Peter D. Dwyer
2000 Australian Research Council Small Grant – $6000. Project: Constructions of identity in Victorian fishing communities. with Roger Just
1999 Australian Research Council Small Grant – $15,000. Project: Material, social and intellectual responses to major impacts: comparative perspectives from Papua New Guinea, and a model of change.
1996-98 Australian Research Council Large Grant – $75,000. Project: Ecological perspectives on patterns of intensification in land use and social integration in the Strickland-Bosavi area of lowland Papua New Guinea. joint chief investigator: Peter D. Dwyer
1995 Papua New Guinea Biological Foundation grant – $5894. Project: Changing patterns of subsistence and social organisation among Kubo people of lowland Papua New Guinea. with Peter D. Dwyer
Education and training
The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland
Awards and honors
Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society,
My research focusses on intersecting processes of social and ecological change, particularly in contexts where modernization/globalization are challenging previous understandings and practices. I have extensive research experience among hunter-horticulturalists in rural Papua New Guinea and professional fishermen in Australia, but have supervised research into processes of change in a range of other contexts.