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Dr Victoria Stead

Position: Alfred Deakin Research Institute Research Fellow
Phone: +61 3 522 78917
Campus: F


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Researcher output profile for Dr Victoria Stead

Brief Biography

Dr Victoria Stead is a researcher working across the disciplines of anthropology, social theory and political studies. Her research interests are in the social transformations generated by globalisation, state- and nation-buildling processes within post-colonial societies, particularly in the Melanesian Pacific. Victoria's work has a strong Pacific focus, and she has conducted fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu, as well as in Australia.

Victoria's PhD research explored the entanglements of customary and modern forms of connection to land in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. At present, she is developing a new research project which will involve a political anthropological mapping of the relationships between Papua New Guineans and asylum seekers resettled in the country under the Australian Government's new PNG Solution policy. Another ongoing project examines relationships between Pacific Islanders and Chinese migrant workers travelling to the region to work on resource extractive projects.

Additionally to her research in the Pacific, Victoria has worked on a range of consultancy and collaborative projects in Australia, with organisations including the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Polyglot Theatre, and Trax Arts.

Victoria is an author (with Paul James, Yaso Nadarajah and Karen Haive), of Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Livelihoods: Other Paths for Papua New Guinea (2012, University of Hawai'i Press), and has published in journals including the Australian Journal of Anthropology, and Anthropological Forum.

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