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Department of Social Anthropology



Sally is an environmental anthropologist, researching and writing about human-environment relations and conceptions of belonging on Lord Howe Island – a small, isolated island off Australia.

Lord Howe Island is UNESCO World Heritage listed for environmental reasons and attracts diverse and widespread attention. Sally conducted fieldwork on the Island for 15 months, working with alongside different groups of Island residents, visiting environmental scientists, Island government staff, and tourists while engaging with the non-human elements to explore life on the Island. Her research explores notions of both human and non-human belonging on the Island, and the historical, ecological, and political processes that inform these conceptions. Topics that Sally is exploring include invasive species eradications, population control, environmental tourism, Island cultural and environmental histories, kinship, marine plastic pollution, environmental management as well as scientific and local knowledges.

Prior to beginning her PhD at Cambridge, Sally received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology and History with Honours in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney (First Class & The University Medal, 2019). In 2020-2021, she completed the Masters of Research in Social Anthropology at Cambridge with Distinction.


Environmental anthropology, marine anthropology, more-than-human ethnography, political ecology, historical ethnography, anthropology of science, waste studies, bureaucracy, eradications, marine plastic

Research Title: Living on a Rock in the Ocean: The Political Ecologies of Belonging on Lord Howe Island
Supervisor: Dr Perveez Mody

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