Associate Professor Nicole Haley

BA (UQ), BA(Hons) (Macquarie University), PhD (ANU)
Convenor and Fellow, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program, School of International, Political & Strategic Studies
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Public Policy 160510

Research interests

Contemporary Land Politics; Elections and Electoral Politics in PNG; Social Identity; Governance; Conflict and Armed Violence; Peace Building; Small Arms; Human Security; Security and Development; Women and Conflict; Gender; HIV/AIDS; and Contemporary Masculinity in Melanesia.


I have extensive research and consultancy experience, having undertaken long-term and short-term ethnographic research, both academic and applied, in Melanesia over the past 15 years. This has involved over 44 months field based research in the troubled Southern Highlands and Enga Provinces, Port Moresby and most recently in the Solomon Islands. My research to date has focused on aspects of political and social conflict including social identity and contemporary land politics, social identity and electoral politics, conflict and armed violence, gender and HIV/AIDS and the links between these and service delivery failure. In addition to my academic research I have undertaken extensive applied social research - much of which has involved undertaking baseline and community survey work, as well as social mapping and program monitoring. This research has seen me engaged in various advisory and consultative capacities.

Publications under preparation include a monograph entitled Conflict, Resource Development and Contemporary Land Politics in the Southern Highlands, which is based on my PhD research and subsequent scholarship, and a series of papers concerning HIV/AIDS, violence and contemporary masculinity as well as a paper on electoral politics and local political cultures in PNG

Career highlights

I was awarded the 2002 ANU Crawford Prize for Academic Excellence for my doctoral thesis entitled Ipakana Yakaiya: Mapping Landscapes, Mapping Lives - Contemporary Land Politics among the Duna.


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