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Dr Graeme Macrae B. Arch, M. Phil, PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9 414 0800 x43474
    Location: 2.27, Atrium
    Campus: Albany


  • B. Arch - U o Melbourne (1973)
  • M. Phil - U o Auckland (1992)
  • PhD - U o Auckland (1998)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Broadly: the intersections of human society/culture with environment/ecologies by way of technological interventions, such as  ....

Specifically: architecture/urban design/landscape, agriculture, waste management, disaster recovery.

Regionally: mostly in Indonesia (especially Bali) but also in India.


Resource Development and Management, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Anthropology (160100): Anthropology not elsewhere classified (160199): Anthropology of Development (160101):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Comparative Economic Systems (149901): Ecological Economics (149902):
Ecology (060200): Ecology not elsewhere classified (060299):
Economics (140000):
Engineering (090000):
Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (079900):
Other Economics (149900):
Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104): Studies In Human Society (160000):
Technology (100000)


Disciplinary background: Anthropology

Regional focus: 1. Indonesia (especially Bali) and 2. India (especially Tamil Nadu and north India).

Research Focus:Environment and Development, especially the technological systems by which human societies intervene into natural systems - e.g agriculture, waste management, disaster recovery, architecture/engineering.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2

Consultancy and Languages


  • Spanish (S American)
    Last used: minimal
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work
  • Dutch
    Last used: reading only
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work
  • German
    Last used: occasionally
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work
  • Balinese
    Last used: annually
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work
  • Indonesia
    Last used: regularly
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 3
CoSupervisor 0 7


100 level: Endangered Cultures

200 level: Visual Ethnography

300 level: Regional Ethnography: SE Asia & Environment


Contemporary Anthropology: Theory and Practice

Supervision: BA hons, MA, PhD

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Hanny Savitri Hartono - PhD
    Media Consumption in Contemporary Urban Indonesia and Everyday Life: Muslim Women, Parenting and Media
  • 2016 - Ruth Elizabeth Anne Gibbons - PhD
    "It's All of These Puzzle Pieces.": The Representation and the Manifest Discourse of Dyslexic Experience
  • 2013 - Rachael Sarah Burke - PhD
    Bodies in Context: A Comparative Study of Early Childhood Education in New Zealand and Japan

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2017 - Ariadne Toni Dshamilja Menzel - PhD
    Making Meaning through Movement: Hiking the Cathar Trail in the South of France
  • 2016 - Thi Mai Duyen Dang - PhD
    Eating alone is painful: An interdiciplinary and ethnographically inspired sociolinguistic investigation into Vietnamese mealtime ritual invitations
  • 2013 - Christopher Allan Howard - PhD
    Himalayan journeys: A mobile ethnography and philosophical anthropology
  • 2012 - Irene Dawne Sanson - PhD
    Taking the spirits seriously: Neo-shamanism and contemporary shamanic healing in New Zealand
  • 2009 - Syahira Binti Hamidon - PhD
    The development of Malay Enterpreneurship in Malaysia
  • 2009 - Michael John McCool - PhD
    An Ethnographic Study of the experience of persons with a disability in tertiary education.
  • 2007 - Gregg Allen Lahood - PhD
    Bearing in Mind: Birth, Fathers, Ritual, and 'Reproductive Consciousness' in Transpersonal Anthropological Perspective

Media and Links


  • 23 May 2014 - Newspaper
    Pastika, scholars look to future of tourism
    Article in Bali Daily referring to a public symposium to which I contributed.
  • 11 May 2013 - Radio
    Basmati Rice
    Radio interview (25 mins), on 'This Way Up'. Radio NZ National.

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