Mr Christopher Shepherd

BA (combined Hons), PhD (Melbourne)
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Philosophy Of Specific Cultures (Incl. Comparative Philosophy) 220316
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Anthropology Of Development 160101
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808
  • Political Science 1606
  • Race And Ethnic Relations 160803
  • Anthropology 1601

Research interests

The anthropology of development; social studies of science and technology; postcolonial studies; Latin American studies; Asian studies.


I obtained my PhD from The University of Melbourne in the Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science based on fieldwork in the southern Peruvian Andes. I joined the Department of Anthropology in November 2007 to undertake postdoctoral research on rural development processes in East Timor from anthropological and sociological perspectives, involving fieldwork in East Timor and archival research in Portugal. I am currently working on a book about mining and indigenous communities in Peru. 

Career highlights

ARC postdoctoral fellow; 2 Wenner-Gren Foundation Postdoctoral Fieldwork Grants etc.

Researcher's projects

History of ethnography of East Timor, 1860–1975 (book forthcoming) 


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