Social Safety Nets in a Settlement in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (2016)

In this podcast, Michelle Rooney talks about her PhD thesis which commences by raising questions about social protection and social safety nets that are of interest to policy makers and goes on to examine the livelihood and social safety strategies of a small group of migrants living in a Moresby settlement over the period from the mid-1990s to 2013. It combines ethnographic and quantitative data based on fieldwork conducted in 2013 with other sources of data. The thesis is interdisciplinary and draws on theoretical concepts of value, kinship and urban space to provide a grounded account of urban settlement life in PNG. It examines the changing forms of indigenous Melanesian value systems in urban settings as they come into contestation with neo-liberal systems of value which dominate access to basic needs in the city. In this thesis pre-submission seminar the presenter will provide an overview of her research project and some key findings.

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