Biography

I am an anthropologist concerned with the social and cultural aspects of development. My main area of research examines the parameters of social organisation, kinship and exchange in contexts of large-scale resource extraction (mining and oil/gas extraction). I am particularly interested in the implications of the cultural incompatibilities that exist between large-scale, capitalist corporations and small-scale societies. The majority of my work has focused on the social, economic, political and environmental impacts of mining (Ok Tedi) and oil extraction (Kutubu) in Papua New Guinea. I have also conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Guinea, West Africa and managed projects in Zambia.

Research Students:

Ms Daniela Sanchez Lopez – ‘Extractivism, narratives of development and changing modes of governance in Bolivia’

Ms Jessica Jones – ‘An investigation into the effect of large-scale industrial iron ore mining on women’s gender roles in post-conflict Sierra Leone’

Dr Horacio Almanza Alcalde – ‘Land Dispossession and Juridical Land Disputes of Indigenous Peoples in Northern Mexico: A Structural Domination Approach’ – PhD passed July 2013 – Congratulations Horacio!

Information for Prospective Students:

I am happy to supervise Masters and PhD students interested in the following topics: anthropology; extractive industries (minerals, energy, metals); CSR; indigenous knowledge; indigenous livelihoods; social impact.

Recommended links:

Editor-in-Chief of Development Studies Research: An Open Access Journal



Development Studies Research
(DSR) is a multidisciplinary journal providing an interdisciplinary platform for original, critical research. The journal aims to broaden understandings of current development studies research, open up new areas of debate, reflect on and advance development theory, identify problems of policy and practice, and present potential solutions and recommendations to the development community, private sector and conservationists. Articles of up to 8,000 words are invited. Special issues focusing on particular topics will be published from time to time.
 

'From the Horse’s Mouth: perceptions of development from Papua New Guinea'
Testimonial film about oil extraction and mining in Papua New Guinea: As 2 major resource extraction industries face closure (Kutubu oil extraction and Ok Tedi copper/gold mine) in Papua New Guinea, indigenous people and corporate representatives were asked what 'development' and 'sustainable development' meant to them and what they thought the future would bring. View the film

My monograph ‘Development and Industry’ is available here

My edited book (with Gavin Hilson) is available to order here

Consultancy: SEIA

Along with a selective team of researchers I can provide a Socio-Economic Impact Assessment for multinationals seeking to develop mining or other extractive industry in vulnerable locations. Please contact Katharine Trott in DEVCo to request a proposal and budget. 

Career History

Before joining the School of International Development in 2010 I did post-doctoral research in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University and was the 2004 RAI Fellow in Urgent Anthropology. Between 2005 and 2010 I was a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University. I was awarded the Higher Education Academy Fellowship in 2009.

Academic Background

I have a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Queensland and a Masters in the Anthropology of Art from UCL.

CV and Experience

Click here to download Emma's CV

All Publications

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Gilberthorpe, E., Rajak, D.

(2017)

The anthropology of extraction: Critical perspectives on the resource curse,

in Journal of Development Studies

53

(2)

pp. 186-204

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Papyrakis, E., Rieger, M., Gilberthorpe, E.

(2017)

Corruption and the extractive industries transparency initiative,

in Journal of Development Studies

53

(2)

pp. 295-309

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E., Agol, D., Gegg, T.

(2016)

‘Sustainable Mining’? Corporate Social Responsibility, Migration and Livelihood Choices in Zambia,

in Journal of Development Studies

52

(11)

pp. 1517-1532

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E., Papyrakis, E.

(2015)

The extractive industries and development: The resource curse at the micro, meso and macro levels,

in The Extractive Industries and Society

2

(2)

pp. 381-390

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(Article)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E. (ed.), Hilson, G. (ed.)

(2014)

Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalization,

Routledge

ISBN 978-1-4094-3777-2

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2014)

The Money Rain Phenomenon: Papua New Guinea Oil and the Resource Curse,

in Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalization.

Ashgate Publishing

pp. 75-92

ISBN 978-1-4094-3777-2

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E., Hilson, G.

(2014)

Introduction,

in Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods : Development Challenges in an Era of Globalization.

Ashgate Publishing

pp. 1-10

ISBN 978-1-4094-3777-2

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E., F. Clarke, S., Sillitoe, P.

(2014)

Money Rain: The Resource Curse in Two Oil and Gas Economies,

in Sustainable Development: An Introduction Focusing on the Gulf Region.

Berghahn Books

pp. 153-177

ISBN 978-1-78238-371-0

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2013)

Community development in Ok Tedi, Papua New Guinea: the role of anthropology in the extractive industries,

in Community Development Journal

48

(3)

pp. 466-483

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2013)

In the shadow of industry: A study of culturization in Papua New Guinea,

in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

19

(2)

pp. 261-278

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2012)

Socio-economic impact assessment of the Kagen Emerald Mine, Zambia,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E., Banks, G.

(2012)

Development on whose terms?: CSR discourse and social realities in Papua New Guinea's extractive industries sector,

in Resources Policy

37

(2)

pp. 185-193

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2011)

Social impact and areas of high risk in Guinea's Kisidugo Uranium Mine,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2010)

The Burmese manuscript chest,

in Treasures of the Oriental Museum, Durham University.

Third Millennium Publishing Ltd

ISBN 978 1 906597 35 0

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E., Sillitoe, P.

(2009)

A failure of social capital: lessons from Papua New Guinea in the current economic crisis,

in Anthropology News

50

(7)

pp. 15-16

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(Article)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2009)

Pathways to development: identity, landscape and industry in Papua New Guinea,

in Landscape, Power and Process: Re-Evaluating Traditional Environmental Knowledge.

Berghahn Books

ISBN 978-1-84545-549-1

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2009)

Development and industry: a Papua New Guinea case study,

Canterbury: CSAC

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(Book)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2009)

From the horse’s mouth: perceptions of development from Papua New Guinea,

(Digital or Visual Products)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E.

(2009)

The allotment,

(Digital or Visual Products)

(Published)


Gilberthorpe, E., Fischer, M., Lyon, S.

(2009)

From the horse's mouth: a resource for teaching development in anthropology,

Canterbury: CSAC

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(Book)

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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

Research

I have also worked on a number of research projects:

Higher Education Academy-funded project: ‘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-funded project:  ‘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.

Higher Education Academy-funded project: ‘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.

Royal Anthropological Institute-funded project: ‘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-funded project: ‘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.

Teaching Interests

I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of anthropology, globalisation, CSR and extractive industry