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Monica Minnegal

Associate Professor
ecological and economic anthropology; social and environmental change; symbolic and political ecology; fishing and fisheries management
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
papua new guinea
social sciences
environmental studies
environmental sciences & ecology
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Monica Minnegal

Primary Interest
Articulation Of Social And Ecological Systems
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Monica Minnegal


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".

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


FAAS. - Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society





Associate Professor

Social And Political Sciences


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

The University of Queensland

Doctor of Philosophy

The University of Queensland