Dr Chris Healey

Personal profile

Research interests

Current projects focus on ethnobiological knowledge and practice among the Maring (Menga) of the Papua New Guinea highlands and Alune of western Seram, Indonesia.




Chris has held academic posts in social anthropology at the University of Papua New Guinea, Monash University, the University of Adelaide and Charles Darwin University. He has carried out field research in the Papua New Guinea highlands on exploitation of forest resources and networks of exchange, on contemporary livelihoods and ethnoecology in eastern Indonesia (primarily western Seram and the Aru Islands), and on Aboriginal land tenure in the Top End of Australia. He has also undertaken research on pre-colonial political economy in Borneo and West Papua.

Career highlights

Formerly Professor of Anthropology, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management, Northern Territory University/Charles Darwin University; Chair, Humanities Panel (1996) and Member, Social Sciences & Humanities Panel (1994-96) Australian Research Council; Visiting Professor, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK (1995); Visiting Fellow, International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands (1999).

Expertise Areas

  • Animal Behaviour


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