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Join us for a panel discussion on the contemporary politics of extractivism, militarisation and indigenous activism in Australia, Papua New Guinea and India. Register here.


  • Jon Altman, Independent scholar
  • Dolly Kikon, Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Melbourne
  • Martha Macintyre, Honorary Principal Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • Karrina Nolan, Director, Original Power


Jon Altman is emeritus professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. He has undertaken wide ranging research on mining on indigenous-titled lands in Australia as well as on conservation as a development alternative. He is Oceania research leader for the Centre for Conservation and Development Alternatives, McGill University, Montreal.


Dolly Kikon is senior lecturer in the Anthropology and Development Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. Her new book Living with Oil & Coal: Resource Politics & Militarization in Northeast India has recently been published by University of Washington Press (2019). Dolly is also author of Life and Dignity: Women’s Testimonies of Sexual Violence in Dimapur (Nagaland) (2015) and Experiences of Naga Women in Armed Conflict: Narratives from a Militarized Society (2004).

Martha Macintyre is an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She has undertaken research into the social impacts of mining in New Ireland and Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Her publications include, M. Patterson and M. Macintyre, Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific (2011); A. Biersack, M. Jolly and M. Macintyre, Gender Violence and Human Rights: Seeking Justice in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu (2016); A. Biersack and M. Macintyre, Emergent Masculinities in the Pacific (2017), and M. Macintyre and C. Spark, Transformations of Gender in Melanesia (2017).

Karrina Nolan is from the Yorta Yorta nation in Victoria. She has worked as an organiser, strategist, campaigner, facilitator, lobbyist and hip-hop wrangler alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, young people and communities for over 20 years. She has led programs and campaigns on women’s rights, and global and environmental justice with a focus on First Nations peoples. She has spent many years working with communities fighting for land justice and for the protection of country. Karrina has been focused on building the power of her mob working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities building up capacity for self-determination in the context of mining, economic development and climate change. Karrina is the Director of Original Power, an organisation with a mission to build the power of her people.

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