I have an emerging track record of high-quality research outputs, project management, and securing external research funding.  My current fieldwork is in Papua New Guinea, in the context of gender equality, world heritage research, protected area planning, sustainable resource management and livelihood planning This involves a strong focus on cultural values and participatory community engagement.    

I work collaboratively in project teams and have delivered multidisciplinary research projects from design stages through to completion.  I have developed and nurtured an extensive professional network spanning academic, government, community and industry sectors in PNG.  My practical engagement in the development space has involved capacity building initiatives and working with community partners and civil society groups.

  • 2021 - Project Manager Stage 1- 'Valuing Nature', UNDP (PNG) / The Cairns Institut (Cairns)
  • 2020 to 2021 - Gender Consultant, UNDP (PNG) / The Cairns Institut (Cairns)
  • 2020 to 2021 - Consultant Anthropologist, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Adjunct Research Associate, College of Arts, Society and Education (Cairns)
  • 2018 to 2019 - Project Manager - The Twinning Project, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2014 to 2018 - Research Coordinator - The Nakanai Caves Cultural Values Project, ARC Linkage Grant - College of Arts, Society and Education (Cairns)
  • 2017 - Chief Investigator - Native Title Workshops for Mid-Career Anthropologists, UNDP (PNG) / The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2017 - Sessional Lecturer - - ‘Arts Edge’ - BA Capstone, College of Arts, Society and Education (Cairns)
  • 2011 to 2017 - Project Manager / Casual Research Officer, The Cairns Institute (Cairns)
  • 2006 to 2017 - Sessional Tutor, College of Arts, Society and Education (Cairns)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Research Consultancy on Deep Sea Mining in PNG, College of Arts, Society and Education (Cairns)
  • 2015 - Sessional Lecturer - Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective’, College of Arts, Society and Education (Cairns)
  • 2014 to 2015 - Sessional Lecturer - Introduction to Academic Learning’, School of Indigenous Studies (Cairns)
  • 2014 to 2015 - Sessional Lecturer - ‘Critical Literacy’, School of Indigenous Studies (Cairns)
  • 2014 to 2015 - Research Consultancy - Desktop Reivew of PNGs Seven Tentative World Heritage Sites, UNESCO / PNG Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (Cairns)
  • 2009 - Consultant Anthropologist, North Queensland Land Council (Cairns)
  • 2007 - Casual Research Officer, Marine and Tropical Research Facility (Cairns)
  • 2006 - Consultant Anthropologist, North Queensland Land Council (Cairns)
Research Disciplines
  • 2016 - Sessional Staff Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2014 - Jeffrey Clarke Prize in Anthropology

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 13+ research outputs authored by Dr Jennifer Gabriel from 2007 onwards.

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United Nations Development Programme - PNG - Grant

Gender Analysis and Action Plan for Sustainable Financing of PNG?s Protected Area Network

Indicative Funding
$100,000 over 2 years
The Gender Analysis and Action Plan will contribute to the Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES) which underpin the UNDP commitment to mainstream social and environmental sustainability in all Programmes and Projects, including the Sustainable Financing of Papua New Guinea?s Protected Area Network. Protected Area investments directly affect the land and forest rights of communities, and it is critical to avoid creating `fortress? conservation zones that diminish, rather than enhance, local livelihoods and biodiversity. A key element of the SES is Principle 2: Gender Equality and Women?s Empowerment. Everyone is gendered: women, men, youth (f/m/t) and hence the gender analysis addresses all positions. The Gender Analysis will be fully integrated into the project document for the Sustainable Financing of Papua New Guinea?s Protected Area Network to inform the process of using a gender-responsive results reporting and monitoring and evaluation system. The Gender Action Plan for the project will provide concrete outputs to facilitate implementation of activities that promote gender equality and women?s empowerment.
Jennifer Gabriel and Michael Wood (Cairns Institute, College of Arts and Society & Education)
Papua New Guinea; Gender; Protected Area; Social and Environmental Sustainability; Livelihoods; Tropical Societies

United Nation Development Programme - Micro-Capital Grant

Sustainable Livelihoods and Protected Area Planning in PNG

Indicative Funding
$204,000 over 1 year
The Nakanai Ranges have been identified as a Key "Biodiversity Area due to their high density of endemic and range-restricted species of high conservation concern due to pressures of industrial logging and oil palm development. We aim to engage local communities in stewardship of world heritage through tangible conservation and livelihood benefits, acknowledging the causal relationship between heritage, local people and their well-being. Protection of primary rainforest in Nakanai will enable the continued flow of ecosystem services, such as the provision of clean water and the protection of soil resources.
Jennifer Gabriel, Simon Foale and Michael Wood (College of Arts, Society & Education and College of Healthcare Sciences)
sustainable livelihoods; Papua New Guinea; protected area planning; Biodiversity Conservation; World Heritage; Poverty Alleviation

Ian Potter Foundation - Travel Grant

11th European Society for Oceanists (ESFO) conference attendance and paper presentation

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The funding will support travel costs to attend the 11th European Society for Oceanists (ESFO) conference and present in the panel "Tourism development and cultural landscapes in Oceania: Critical interdisciplinary responses".
Jennifer Gabriel (Cairns Institute)
cultural landscapes; Tourism; cultural realignment; Papua New Guinea

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Investigating corruption in Papua New Guinea through the patron-client structure: The citizens' perception (PhD , External Advisor)

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