Jerry Jacka, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Anthropology and Institute Faculty Advisory Council Member
I am an environmental anthropologist and my work focuses on international development, globalization, and natural resource management. My primary field site is in the Porgera valley of highlands Papua New Guinea where I have investigated Porgeran people’s engagements with large-scale gold mining and the ensuing social and ecological changes stemming from resource extraction and economic development. I also have a long term project in this area on indigenous environmental knowledge and resource management and how religious conversion to Christianity influences ecological ideas and practices. More recently I have started work in East and West Africa on conservation and the development of export-oriented agricultural.