Trisia Farrelly Trisia Farrelly

Massey University

Trisia is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Massey University. Her PhD thesis (completed in 2009), explored the relationship between culture and community-based development in the Boumā National Heritage Park in Fiji, was included on the Dean’s List for Exceptional Doctoral Research. She was married at her field site during the PhD research; her oldest son still fondly remembers his time in Fiji. Trisia’s family enjoys hosting exchange students on a regular basis.

Trisia is the Co-director of Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre, a co-founder of the New Zealand Product Stewardship Council (NZPSC) and the environmental lobby group Carrying Our Future, and the University representative on ASAANZ (Association of Social Anthropologists, Aotearoa New Zealand).

Other research interests have included community-based development; protected area management; and Indigenous entrepreneurship, but they now remain firmly grounded in human-environment relationships.

Trisia's current research focus is the political ecologies of waste, specifically plastic waste. She was awarded a Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowship from the National University of Ireland (NUI) for her plastic research while on sabbatical in Ireland early 2017. She will maintain those Irish research connections this year collaborating on a project on microplastics with a team of NUI’s marine scientists.

Trisia is also working on a National Science Challenge Sustainable Seas project and sits on the editorial board of Sites – a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies.

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