Dr Jenny Munro

Lecturer

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
jenny.munro@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52204

Overview

I am a cultural anthropologist with extensive experience in West Papua (Tanah Papua) and eastern Indonesia, and I am developing comparative research activities in Papua New Guinea. I joined UQ in 2017. From 2013-2016 I was a research fellow at the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific and prior to that a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. My research is ethnographic, qualitative, and collaborative, with a strong focus on health, gender and education. I have led research teams focusing on reproduction and sexuality, gender-based violence prevention, HIV education and care, and alcohol, collaborating with NGOs and universities in Indonesia. My theoretical interests are in racialisation, sovereignty, and biopolitics. I am currently writing about Indigenous humanitarianism in response to the HIV crisis in West Papua (forthcoming in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute) and researching Indigenous Papuan experiences of antenatal care and hospital delivery, especially caesarean births (funded by a UQ grant). I am a Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Project led by Professor Lyn Parker (UWA) that is currently exploring vulnerabilities and resilience in Indonesia. At UQ I teach medical anthropology, anthropological theory, and Honours-level research and professional development. I currently advise HDR students researching gender, health, and violence, and I am interested in advising postgraduate anthropological research on health, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Some recent publications include my monograph, Dreams made small: The education of Papuan highlanders in Indonesia (Berghahn, 2018) and an article in The Contemporary Pacific called Indigenous Masculinities and the “Refined Politics” of Alcohol and Racialization in West Papua.

Research Impacts

My research has contributed evidence that changes the way that HIV interventions are developed and implemented in Indonesia. A significant achievement of collaborative research with local NGOs in Papua and West Papua was the development and launching of an Indigenous HIV Prevention Strategy for Tanah Papua in partnership with Pt Peduli Sehat and Pacific Peoples Partnership, funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The strategy is the first collaborative effort to articulate and foreground Indigenous experiences, leadership and priorities to respond to the HIV epidemic in Papua. I also work with the Australian government (DFAT) and development partners like the United Nations to inform Papua-specific and gender programming, providing expert review/advice and evaluation. I have written numerous short policy briefs that contribute evidence related to urbanisation, HIV/AIDS, and gender in the Pacific region, and shared some of my ideas in New Mandala's academic blog and a recent podcast on Talking Indonesia with Dave McRae. An important part of my work is developing relationships and networks with civil society, practitioners and researchers in Indonesia and the Pacific, and I work closely with Papuan researchers at the University of Papua and Cenderawasih University.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

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Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Munro, Jenny (2016). Home-brewed alcohol, gender and violence in Wamena, Papua. In: International Conference on Social Science and Biodiversity of Papua and Papua New Guinea (ICSBP 2015), Jayapura, Indonesia, (7-13). 16–17 November 2015. doi:10.18502/kss.v1i1.428

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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