Christopher Shepherd

Mr Christopher Shepherd


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Researcher's projects

History of ethnography of East Timor, 1860–1975 (book forthcoming) 


BA (combined Hons), PhD (Melbourne)


I obtained my PhD from The University of Melbourne in the Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science based on fieldwork in the southern Peruvian Andes. I joined the Department of Anthropology in November 2007 to undertake postdoctoral research on rural development processes in East Timor from anthropological and sociological perspectives, involving fieldwork in East Timor and archival research in Portugal. I am currently working on a book about mining and indigenous communities in Peru. 

Career highlights

ARC postdoctoral fellow; 2 Wenner-Gren Foundation Postdoctoral Fieldwork Grants etc.

Research interests

The anthropology of development; social studies of science and technology; postcolonial studies; Latin American studies; Asian studies.

Expertise Areas

  • Anthropology of Development
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
  • Philosophy of Specific Cultures (incl. Comparative Philosophy)


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