Dr Michelle Nayahamui Rooney

PhD (Multidisciplinary: anthropology, geography, pol economy; gender, development, poetry), ANU; MA in Development Economics (Distinction), University of Sussex, UK; Bachelor of Economics (Hon), ANU.
Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: (02) 6125 2611

Research interests

With a focus on Papua New Guinea, Michelle blends political economy, economic anthropology and human geography approaches to examine livelihoods in PNG. Her PhD thesis draws on theoretical concepts of anthropology of value, kinship and urban space to examine livelihoods in the urban PNG context. She also comments on social, political and economic issues on PNG.

Researcher's projects

2012 - 2016: PhD Thesis: An indepth case study of livelihood strategies in urban Papua New Guinea exploring urban land and housing, urban services (education and water), informal settlements, incomes and livelihoods, crime and security, migration and urban sociality.

2017: Access to urban services for gendered family and sexual violence in Lae, Morobe Province Papua New Guinea.


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