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  • AN2013: Culture, Knowledge and Environment (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • AN3008: Myth, Ritual and Religion (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • SS1010: Australian People: Indigeneity and Multiculturalism (Level 1; CNS)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by Dr Michael Wood from 1998 onwards.

Current Funding

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United Nation Development Programme - Micro-Capital Grant

Sustainable Livelihoods and Protected Area Planning in PNG

Indicative Funding
$204,000 over 2 years
Summary
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.
Investigators
Jennifer Gabriel, Simon Foale and Michael Wood (College of Arts, Society & Education and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Keywords
sustainable livelihoods; Papua New Guinea; protected area planning; Biodiversity Conservation; World Heritage; Poverty Alleviation

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Planning for later life: An ethnographic analysis of ageing among Transnational Papua New Guineans

Indicative Funding
$236,510 over 3 years
Summary
This project addresses the global problem of ageing populations by looking at how transnational Papua New Guinean families plan for old age. We explore how Papua New Guineans resident in North Queensland make specific decisions about later life that balance the value of relations with kin, friends, neighbours while also dealing with the social services provided by the state and the market. We describe the tensions that emerge in transnational decision making concerning old age. The resulting knowledge of how Papua New Guineans prepare for old age will help to critically inform policies concerning the wellbeing of people engaged with ageing.
Investigators
Rosita Henry and Michael Wood in collaboration with Karen Sykes (College of Arts, Society & Education and University of Manchester)
Keywords
Ageing; Papua New Guinea; Migrants

Australian Government - Attorney-Generals Department - Consultancy

Development of Mid-Career Native Title Anthropologists

Indicative Funding
$47,240 over 2 years
Summary
The Grant is to fund four workshops to be held over 5 consecutive days (with a Field Trip on the third day) aimed specifically at mid-career anthropologists who are concerned with the increasing shift in Native Title practice, from preparing native title claims to concluding them. The workshops (6 hours each of face-to-face contact) will also provide technical training in establishing and running post-determination institutions and incorporated groups. The workshops will provide targeted training for mid-career anthropologists and mentoring opportunities with senior anthropologists. Workshops 2, 3 and 4 will be run collaboratively in conjunction with the Centre for Native Title Anthropology (CNTA), ANU.
Investigators
Jennifer Gabriel, Rosita Henry and Michael Wood (Cairns Institute, College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Native Title; Mid-career; Anthropologist; Post determination

Australian Research Council - Linkage - Projects

The Nakanai Caves Cultural Heritage Project

Indicative Funding
$228,000 over 4 years, in partnership with Archaeloogical & Heritage Management Solutions ($68,100 over 3 yrs)
Summary
This project will document and integrate the natural and cultural values of the Nakanai Caves in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, in preparation for a cultural landscape World Heritage nomination. Our novel methodology incorporates community knowledge with archaeological and anthropological evidence to link natural and cultural values and define the landscape from local perspectives. Local input into the research will be prioritised. By emphasizing local participation and management of World Heritage listing processes we address an identified gap in World Heritage methodologies. Our approach allows for a subtle, nuanced definition of cultural landscapes under the World Heritage Convention.
Investigators
Simon Foale, Michael Wood, Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, Colin Filer, Matthew Leavesley, Matthew Kelly and Jim Specht in collaboration with Kenn Mondiai (College of Arts, Society & Education, Archaeological & Heritage Management Solutions, Australian National University, The University of Sydney and Partners with Melanesians Inc)
Keywords
Papua New Guinea; World Heritage; Cultural Heritage
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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.

Current
  • Corporate Mining and Petroleum Engagement with Local Indigenous Communities in Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Articulating Country (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Manifestations of the Ego: Egoism in the Modernist Manifesto (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Kuku Yalanji Artefacts and Traditional Knowledge in the Past and the Present (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Luksave em bikpla samting!' Witnessing violence; in Papua New Guinea (PNG) (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Deaths out of Custody (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • A Comprehensive Grammar of Mussau (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Women's Gardening and Environmental Knowledge in the Nakanai caves area of East New Britain, Papua New Guinea (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • “Tobi (or Not) Tobi” Climate change, cultural heritage and community agency:an ethnographic case-study of Tobi Island in the Republic of Palau;; (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
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