Dr Hannah Bulloch

PhD in Anthropology, MA in Creative Writing, PGDip in Development Studies
Research Fellow, National Centre for Indigenous Studies
Other ANU Non-College Academic

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Anthropology Of Development 160101
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Postcolonial Studies 200211
  • Globalisation And Culture 200206
  • Professional Writing 190302
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209

Research interests

Hannah’s research focuses on development discourse, gender and domestic moral economy in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, and on deficit discourse in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

She has also published on wellbeing, livelihoods, foetal personhood, religion, postcolonial identity, Indigenous freshwater rights, transnational relationships and bilateral poverty policy. She has broader interests in reproductive health and rights, Cebuano culture and religion, international aid, participatory development, remote communities, the craft of narrative nonfiction, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Her book, In Pursuit of Progress: Narratives of Development on a Philippine Island (2017, University of Hawai‘i Press), focuses on local notions of development. It is available on Book Depository, Amazon, UHP, and through other leading academic book retailers, and can be accessed electronically, in audio format, in hardback and paperback. For more information visit: www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9760-9780824858865.aspx


Hannah Bulloch is a Pakeha woman from Aotearoa/New Zealand. She is currently a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, and is a former ARC DECRA Fellow. She has worked at the UK’s Institute of Development Studies on health and governance projects, and the Royal Society of New Zealand where she convened the Social Sciences and Humanities streams of the Marsden Fund. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Ateneo de Manila University, the International Institute of Asian Studies in the Netherlands, and the University of Hawaii, and is a former director of the Australian Anthropological Society.

Hannah has skills in ethnographic research methods, research project management, and professional writing. She has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on development theory, globalisation, personhood, ethnographic writing and grant writing.

As well as an award-winning PhD in Anthropology from the ANU, Hannah holds an MA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies from Massey University.

For more information, see Hannah’s CV.

Researcher's projects

Deficit Discourse
At the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Hannah is conducting research for the project, Discourse, Data and Deficit: Deconstructing the ‘Indigenous Health’ paradigm and its effects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Drawing on case studies, the research team are exploring key community-based discourses relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, including perceptions of deficit metrics and strengths-based approaches. She is also co-editing the book, Deficit Discourse and Indigenous Education. For more information visit: http://ncis.anu.edu.au/research/representation_identity.php

Womanhood in the Philippines
Hannah is conducting ongoing work on gender and intergenerational change in the Philippines. This project explores the pressures facing Filipino women as they strive to make a success of their lives and help their families ‘get ahead’ in an age of mobility and rapid economic transformation. Focusing on the life narratives of a number of key women, the project deals with issues of education, employment, migration, individualism and the bonds of family.

Overland to the Island
As a part-time independent writer, Hannah is in the latter stages of writing a book about a journey her family undertook in 1963, from Singapore to Scotland overland. The book combines personal insights with historical narrative. For more information visit: https://hbulloch.weebly.com/macleod-tales.html

Available student projects

Hannah is currently unavailable to supervise new students.


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  24 April 2019 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers