Dr Tony Crook, Director

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Dr Tony Crook, Director

tony.crook@st-andrews.ac.uk

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Bolivip village, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania. Knowledge practices, Ritual, Taro Horticulture, Mining, Climate change, Gender inequality, Pacific regionalism and development, Research-policy knowledge-exchange.

EDUCATION

  • MA Honours, First Class, in Sociology and Social Anthropology (University of Aberdeen, 1991)
  • PhD in Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge, 1997)

CURRENT POSITIONS

  • Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews (2008 to date)
  • Director, Centre for Pacific Studies, University of St Andrews (2010 to date)

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

  • Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews (2003 to 2008)
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, (1998-2002; intermitted 2000-01).
  • Research Associate, PTC project, ‘Property, Transactions and Creations: New Economic Relations in the Pacific’, Cambridge and Brunel Universities project funded by the ESRC (R000237838), (1999-2002, full-time 2000-01).
  • Visiting Research Fellow, PNG National Research Institute (1997)

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

  • THE Award ‘Excellence and Innovation in the Arts’, Shortlisted, 2016
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monograph Competition, Winner, 2003

PAST AND PRESENT FUNDED RESEARCH

  • ‘Dialogues between Anthropology, Customary Law and Statute Law in Resource Development Contexts’, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship for Dr James Weiner, 2008-10, £52,716, PI: Tony Crook
  • ESfO 2010, ‘Exchanging Knowledge in Oceania’, 8th conference of the European Society for Oceanists, 2-5th July 2010, 300 participants (including DG RTD and DEVCO officials), 28 panels, 210 papers, 4 roundtables and public events and exhibition of contemporary PNG art. Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, CONF-530 $15,000, PI: Tony Crook & Melissa Demian. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/esfo2010/
  • ‘Pacific Connections’, High Level Panel co-organised with EEAS at EU Dev Days in Warsaw 2011. Opened by EC Commissioner Piebalgs, closed by EU Ambassador Abdul-Azziz M’baye. EDD funding, €40,000, co-organiser: Tony Crook. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pacificstudies/news/connections.html
  • ‘Knowledge Exchange: Research Policy Interfaces for the Pacific Context’, WP3, EC FP7 funded CSA ‘SSH.2012.2.2-4: Climate change uncertainties: policymaking for the Pacific front’, conducted by ECOPAS project, Grant #320298, 2012-15. WP budget: €350,000, WP PI: Tony Crook.
  • ‘EU Development Strategy in the Pacific’, EP DEVE Committee commissioned study report, €10,000, 2013-14. PI: Edvard Hviding, with Camilla Borrevik, Tony Crook and Craig Lind as co-authors, presented in EP in 2014. Report available in EU Bookshop: https://ec.europa.eu/research/social-sciences/pdf/deve-eu_pacific_study_en_2014-06-30.pdf
  • ‘Life Itself in the Pacific’, 4-month CRF European Visiting Research Fellowship for Dr Borut Telban (Slovenian Academy), Royal Society of Edinburgh, £4,000, 2014-15, PI: Tony Crook.
  • ‘Understanding Gender Inequality Actions in the Pacific: Ethnographic Case-studies and Policy Options’, EC DEVCO study report, €150,000, 2015, PI: Tony Crook. Study combining ethnographic field research in ten countries across all three Pacific regions, and policy research in Brussels and Delegations analysing current frameworks, with recommendations and on GAP. Report available in EU Bookshop: https://bookshop.europa.eu/en/understanding-gender-inequality-actions-in-the-pacific-pbMN0216385/
  • ‘Innovation through co-creation in contemporary mining relations: a new paradigm for stakeholder engagement at resource extraction project’ (CC4M), H2020 MSCA-IF-2016, Global Fellow Dr Emilia Skrzypek, €276,107, PI: Tony Crook, 2017-20
  • ‘Exploring Participatory Film-Making as a Development Method to address Gender Inequality in the Pacific’, AHRC GCRF, £60,000, PI: Tony Crook, 2017-18.

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS LED

  • ‘Exploring Participatory Film-Making as a Development Method to address Gender Inequality in the Pacific’, 2017-18.
  • ‘Innovation through co-creation in contemporary mining relations in the Pacific’, Dr Emilia Skrzypek, H2020 MSCA-IF-2016, University of Queensland CSRM & CPS, 2017-20
  • ‘Understanding Gender Inequality Actions in the Pacific’, EU funded report for DEVCO 2015
  • ‘Knowledge Exchange: Research Policy Interfaces for the Pacific Context’, Work Package for ECOPAS project, 2012-15
  • ‘Life Itself in the Pacific’, with Dr Borut Telban (Slovenian Academy), Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2014-15
  • ‘Dialogues between Anthropology, Customary Law and Statute Law in Resource Development Contexts’, Leverhulme Trust, 2008-10

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Principal supervisor for 7 completed PhDs (John, Lind, Hukula, Tracey, Kenema, Skrzypek, Santos Da Costa), and 2 current PhDs (Browne, Gard), and continued mentoring of all CPS postdocs.

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Extensive experience since 1997 of teaching at UG and PG levels at Cambridge, Edinburgh and St Andrews & invited teaching at Bergen, Cornell & Vienna. Teaching interests: Melanesia, Knowledge, Indigenous People and Resource Extraction, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Gender Inequality.

ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

  • ‘Community Film-Making for Gender Equality in the Pacific’, St Andrews, London, Brussels, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, 2018.
  • ‘Understanding Gender Inequality Actions in the Pacific’, co-organized with Prof. Angela Hobart, Centro Incontri Umani, Ascona, Switzerland, http://www.ciu-ascona.org/a-eng/Activities/Actual.html
  • ‘Re-Thinking Gender in the Pacific’, St Andrews, followed by Policy Roundtable with EU European External Action Service & DEVCO/EuropeAid, Brussels, 2013, https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pacificstudies/news/gender.html
  • ‘Pacific Connections’, 8 ECOPAS project workshops & policy roundtables: St Andrews (x2); Nijmegen; Marseille; Brussels; London, 2012-15
  • ‘Future EU-Pacific Connections’, High Level Panel with EEAS, DEVCO and PACP, ESfO2015
  • ‘Exploring synergies for research and sustainability in the Pitcairn Islands’, inter-disciplinary workshop with UK OCT Pitcairn Island representative, St Andrews, 2015.
  • ESfO 2010, ‘Exchanging Knowledge in Oceania’, 8th conference of the European Society for Oceanists, 2-5th July 2010, https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/esfo2010/
  • ‘Pacific Connections’, High Level Panel co-organised with EEAS at EU Dev Days in Warsaw 2011,http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pacificstudies/news/connections.html

COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

  • Executive Board, ECOPAS project, 2012-15
  • Chair, European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), 2008-10
  • UK Board Member, European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), 1999-2010
  • Royal Anthropological Institute, Education Committee, 2009-12
  • Advisory Board Member for Humanist AnthropologyJournal, 2005 to date 

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