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 work in the political anthropology of health. This means that my expertise and interest crosses health inequalities, political conditions, gender/sexualities, and cultural meanings. For example, I investigate how global health interventions affect local political and health care configurations in West Papua province, Indonesia. I reflect on how racism intersects with alcohol consumption and beliefs about the body. I am interested in family policy and health care, particularly antenatal care and childbirth, but I connect these health challenges to theoretical discussions of racialisation, sovereignty, and critical medical anthropology. Some of my research has explored the 'dark side' of education by looking at the experiences of young people living away from home for schooling.

I have three current research projects.

  • Indigenous Papuan experiences of antenatal care and hospital delivery, especially caesarean births (funded by a UQ grant).
  • An ARC Discovery Project on health, social and economic vulnerabilities and resilience in Indonesia
  • Engaging customary leaders in HIV prevention in West Papua, Indonesia (DFAT-Australia Indonesia Institute, in collaboration with Universitas Papua)

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At UQ I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students about global health, critical medical anthropology, sexuality, and social theory in the Pacific. I also coordinate Honours Research Seminar B.

I am interested in supervising critical, political, applied, cultural research on health and associated topics.

Research Impacts

My research has contributed evidence that challenges and changes the way that HIV interventions are developed and implemented in Indonesia. For example, I was part of a team that developed and launched an Indigenous HIV Prevention Strategy for Tanah Papua, funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. This work draws on local best practices and experiences to define an agenda and priority actions for HIV prevention in the fastest growing HIV epidemic in our region. I also conducted the first study of preventing parent to child HIV transmission in West Papua province, providing valuable insights into the lives of Indigenous mothers with HIV to guide health policy. I have shared my work on HIV in West Papua on ABC Radio, and recently discussed violence in the Papuan highlands in the Talking Indonesia podcast.I inform and evaluate critical social, gender and health programmes with the Australian government (DFAT) and the United Nations. In doing so my work has contributed new ideas about how global health initiatives intersect with critical political conditions in local contexts and how we can improve these dynamics.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

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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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor