Tag Archives: West Papua

Resource development and peace building in Melanesia

Given the long history of conflict associated with resource development in many parts of the world, I have been looking at whether resource development companies see a role for themselves in peace building. How do executives of multi-national resource companies think about their responsibilities in this area? As a starting point I began my research talking with corporate executives in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia about what role they […] Continue reading

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When Monsoon Asia met Melanesia (and Dutch Hollandia became Asian Jayapura)

My recently-published paper, Monsoon Asia and Melanesia presents a comparison between two ‘stylised’ historical entities. ‘Monsoon Asia’ represents Southeast Asia and particularly the Malay Archipelago – present-day Malaysia and Indonesia. ‘Melanesia’ is representative of the island of New Guinea, though the discussion revolves mostly around west New Guinea (in modern Indonesia). The Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua are seen as the historic meeting ground, or zone of transition, […] Continue reading

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Selling the Sea, Fishing for Power A study of conflict over marine tenure in Kei Islands, Eastern Indonesia

Dedi Supriadi Adhuri’s new book, Selling the Sea, Fishing for Power A study of conflict over marine tenure in Kei Islands, Eastern Indonesia (Asia Pacific Environment Monograph number 8), is now available through ANU Epress in  PDF   View Online   ePub   mobile and print copy … Continue reading

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Ancestors of the Lake wins Prix International du Livre d’Art Tribal 2013

Ancestors of the Lake: Art of Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay, New Guinea has just been awarded the 2013 Prix International du Livre d’Art Tribal (International Tribal Art Book Prize). The judges described the book as “… a stunning look … Continue reading

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Jobs: new academic positions for SSGM

State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program seeks to appoint up to eight early to mid-career scholars, with ongoing research interests in Melanesia or Timor-Leste. SSGM seeks scholars with backgrounds in political science, anthropology, human geography, law, gender studies and … Continue reading

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Keating’s Timor and Carr’s Papua

In this new post to Eureka Street, Fr Frank Brennan SJ cautions that “A bilateral relationship [between Australia and Indonesia] posited on a self-imposed ban on human rights discussion would be a very perverted relationship for a robust democracy like … Continue reading

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Women Leadership in Peacebuilding Program 2013 Academic Scholarship (deadline for applications extended)

The Pacific Institute has just received news from The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) that the deadline has been extended on applications for The Women Leadership in Peacebuilding Program 2013 Academic Scholarship.  This scholarship is intended to meet all of the costs associated with … Continue reading

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Living without a state: People in rural Papua are more interested in basic services than grand political struggles

In this new post to Inside Indonesia, Bobby Anderson explores development challenges that don’t get much attention in media (or other) accounts of daily life in West Papua.

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Talanoa Oceania 2012 (conference report)

Conference Report by Dr Roannie Ng Shiu and Nacanieli Rika, Co-Convenors of Talanoa Oceania 2012. The 5th Talanoa Oceania conference was held in Canberra from 9-10 November. Talanoa Oceania in Canberra and the Australian National University (ANU) Pacific Institute and … Continue reading

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Mapping the Mamberamo

In the latest issue of The Conversation, Manuel Boissière and Michael Padmanaba have a short article (including video) on their mapping work among local communities in the Mamberamo region of West Papua.

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AAA Conference 2012 (Pacific-related papers)

The 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has just been held in San Francisco with the theme Borders and Crossings (November 14-18). This year’s program had 717 sessions, 34 workshops, 13 innovents and 183 special events. The … Continue reading

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New field manual for documenting the social impacts of conservation interventions

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an integral component of local, national, and international strategies for biodiversity conservation, but their contribution to sustainable development remains contested. To provide conservation practitioners and policymakers with robust evidence on the social and ecological impacts … Continue reading

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Deploying the Village Base Station in Papua

An innovative new mobile phone technology (for GSM networks) is being trialled with a primary school in the central highlands of West Papua, Indonesia. Read more on the blog of the Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) group at … Continue reading

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Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding scholarships for women (applications due 30 Nov. 2012)

Please note that changes to the submission deadline (now 15 December 2012) and additional information for applicants is on a more recent post to Outrigger. The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) is offering (16) scholarships to qualified women from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Dr Kylie McKenna!

By Prof. John Braithwaite, RegNet, School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy. Kylie McKenna was awarded her PhD in October 2012 for a sweeping work entitled “Interdependent Engagement: Corporate Social Responsibility in Bougainville and Papua”. Her PhD was the result of … Continue reading

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