Key Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • Anthropology
  • Interdisciplinary and international research on international development
  • Resource extraction (mining, oil, gas)
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Development policy
  • Socioeconomic security
  • Sustainability
  • Ethics and rapid social change

Area expertise: Asia-Pacific, sub-Saharan Africa.

Research Groups: Politics, Governance and the State


Current research project:

GCRF-ESRC New Models of Sustainable Development call. Indigenous-International Interactions for Sustainable Development (INDIS).


Previous Research includes:

HEA: ‘Anthropology and Development’

This project involved the preparation and delivery of one-day workshops on global issues at high schools. The ‘Development Days’ were delivered by postgraduate students, enhancing their learning experience and providing training in leadership, team working, teaching and organisation.

British Academy:  ‘The Long-Term Impact of Extractive Industry on Indigenous Livelihoods’

This project involved research in Ok Tedi and Kutubu, Papua New Guinea, drawing findings into wider debates on resource extraction to identify patterns of industrial impingement. It included an interdisciplinary conference with case studies from South America, south-east Asia, Australia, Africa, Oceania and Russia. The book Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalization (2014, co-edit with Professor Gavin Hilson) is the outcome of the project.

HEA: ‘Integrating Video and Teaching in Higher Education’.

This project developed a range of e-learning tools to assist students working on development-related problems in the social sciences. It produced a meta description of the content of the film From the Horse's Mouth: Perceptions of Development from Papua New Guinea (Gilberthorpe 2005), and video exercises tailored around the key issues it raised.

RAI: ‘Knowledge Transfer: Experiments in Methodology’

This project combined ethnographic and visual media to facilitate knowledge transfer in development contexts. I used visual media to record people’s perceptions of development in two areas affected by resource extraction in Papua New Guinea. The finished edited film 'From the Horse’s Mouth: perceptions of development from Papua New Guinea' (Gilberthorpe 2005) shows diverse perceptions of those caught up in the process of resource extraction: corporate personnel, landowners and non-landowners. NB: The views presented by Oil Search personnel are personal and do not necessarily represent the views of Oil Search Limited.
View the film below or on YouTube.

Nuffield: ‘Mediation and Mining’

This project compared mining royalty acquisition, measured levels of inequality in mining contexts and assessed levels of mediation between the corporate sector and indigenous populations in Papua New Guinea’s Ok Tedi region.

Industry-funded PhD Scholarship ‘Fasu Cosmology’

My doctorate studies were fully funded by the Joint Venture Partners for Petroleum Development, Papua New Guinea. This involved 14 months of research in Papua New Guinea, where I lived with the Fasu language group, hosts to the Kutubu Oil Project. Research in this area is ongoing and an ethnographic monograph based on my doctorate findings is in development.

Ethnographic Films:

Gilberthorpe, E. & N. Peduzzi
2009 The Allotment. 20 minutes. Manchester: Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology.
Link to film (via YouTube)

Gilberthorpe, E.
2009 From the Horse’s Mouth: Perceptions of Development from Papua New Guinea. Re-edited film. 40 minutes. Canterbury: CSAC.
Link to film (via YouTube - available to view in 4 sections)

Gilberthorpe, E.
2005 From the Horse’s Mouth: Perceptions of Development from Papua New Guinea. Documentary Film. 55 minutes. Australia: Darkwood Films.

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