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Dr Graeme Macrae

Senior Lecturer

School of People, Environment and Planning


Contact details

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

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 0 3

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

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

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

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 0 4
Co-supervisor 1 7

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Kris Finlayson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Performing Identities: An Ethnographic Analysis of Afrikaner Identity in NZ

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Siaosi Ilaiu - Doctor of Philosophy
    Paradigm Shifts in Ancient Kingship Traditions in Tonga. A Historical and Anthropological examination of political practices and changes throughout the bi-partite and try-partite systems of government 1350-1875 AD: The Case of Hau.
  • 2017 - Hanny Hartono - Doctor of Philosophy
    Media Consumption in Contemporary Urban Indonesia and Everyday Life: Muslim Women, Parenting and Media
  • 2016 - Ruth Gibbons - Doctor of Philosophy
    "It's All of These Puzzle Pieces.": The Representation and the Manifest Discourse of Dyslexic Experience
  • 2013 - Rachael Burke - Doctor of Philosophy
    Bodies in Context: A Comparative Study of Early Childhood Education in New Zealand and Japan

Co-supervisor of:

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

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