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Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanising Country – PhD Research Scholarship Opportunity

Call for Applications for PhD Research Scholarships
Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanising Country: The Goroka Fresh Food Market, Papua New Guinea
Funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland

CLOSING DATE: 30 July 2012.

Applications are sought for two PhD scholarships, each for three years, to run from 2012 to 2015. Successful applicants will carry out ethnographic research in and around Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, under the supervision of Dr Mark Busse.

The research project, which is funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, addresses food security through an anthropological study of the Goroka fresh food market. The goal of the research is to understand the Goroka market as a set of complex social rela­tions from the perspectives of the diverse participants in it rather than through the application of Western economic models. This will be achieved through long-term anthropological research in the marketplace and surrounding rural hinterland. Successful applicants will spend 15 to 18 months doing research in Papua New Guinea. The research will involve both team research and individual research projects which together will provide the basis for individual and joint publications as well as for each student to write a PhD thesis. Continue reading


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