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 and I work mainly in West Papua (Tanah Papua), eastern Indonesia, though I also have some research experience in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. My research is ethnographic, qualitative, and collaborative. My interests are in health, gender and violence. I am interested in the various ways that indigenous Papuans engage with and theorise the Indonesian state and international development agendas, especially sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and schooling. I am currently writing about Indigenous health activism and approaches to HIV education and care, and researching Indigenous women’s experiences of antenatal care and hospital delivery, especially caesarean births (funded by a UQ ECR grant). A related dimension of my research focuses on gender, violence and alcohol in Papua, and I worked with the UN's Partners 4 Prevention on primary prevention of violence research in Papua. I am a chief investigator on the ARC Discovery Project, 'Understanding Social, Economic and Health Vulnerabilities in Indonesia' led by Professor Lynette Parker (UWA). I teach medical anthropology, anthropological theory, and Honours-level writing. 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 soon appearing 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 challenges the way that HIV interventions are developed and implemented in Papua. A significant achievement of collaborative research with local NGOs was a workshop, funded by a competitive grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and held in West Papua in 2014, to develop a strategy to address the HIV epidemic in indigenous Papuan communities. (Indigenous Papuans are disproportionately affected relative to the large migrant population). The workshop brought together 60 participants from a collaborative research project I led on indigenous women’s experiences of HIV education and treatment in Manokwari, West Papua, and Wamena, Papua. The workshop produced the first Indigenous HIV Prevention Strategy for Tanah Papua, a comprehensive strategy that defines research, policy, and community priorities.

My research has also informed the Australian government’s aid programming on HIV and reproductive health in Indonesia, and I reviewed DFAT’s Papua Health Strengthening proposal in 2015. Earlier I conducted research on HIV program development in West Papua funded by the Canadian government's aid program. I have 3 years experience co-convening and teaching an intensive course on social science research skills for Pacific Islanders (including Timor Leste and Papua). I have collaborated with numerous civil society organisations, have worked closely with Papuan researchers over the past five years, and mentor several Papuans in Australia who are undertaking postgraduate research on HIV/AIDS and gender.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

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Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor