Research in Anthropology

Research by our staff and associates covers the broad field of sociocultural anthropology, with a particular focus on the South Pacific region.

Dr Fiona McCormack is co-editor of a book, Engaging With Capitalism: Cases from Oceania, which is due to be published soon in Britain; also she is the recipient of a faculty grant to continue her fieldwork on fishing in Hawaii, and she has been invited by Tainui iwi to appear as an expert witness in a forthcoming Treaty claim hearing.

Dr Tom Ryan expects to soon finish his book New Zealand as a Pacific Nation, which he commenced while a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University, and he is the principal advisor to the overseas producers of a major film on the Treaty of Waitangi settlements process.

Dr Keith Barber continues to spend part of each year with SPERI (Social Policy Ecology Research Institute), the lead civic indigenous organisation in the Mekong Highlands, where he serves as a senior researcher and academic mentor.

Associate-Professor Michael Goldsmith spent January 2013 in Marseille as an invited scholar at the Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie; his recent publications include a special issue of the Journal of the Polynesian Society, which he co-edited and contributed to, as well as a book chapter on historical changes in New Zealand census categories.

Dr Judith Macdonald recently published a book chapter on religion in the Polynesian outliers, and in her semi-retirement is literarily exploring her memories of crewing on a 1980s cruise ship.

Likewise, Ms Tran thi Lanh, founder and president of SPERI, is a research associate with our programme, where she prepares policy documents for her organisation and pursues her studies of the Hmong ethnic group.

Another research associate, Dr Des Kahotea, similarly continues his scholarly and consultancy work on cultural heritage and Treaty claims, and recently was in Japan as an invited lecturer at the Centre for Ainu and Indigenous Research, University of Hokkaido.