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heather gallivan, indonesia, 2011-2012

Fulbright Year: 2011-2012
Country: Indonesia
Proposal Type: Research
Proposal Title: Translating “No Take” for the Coral Triangle Initiative Nusa Penida Marine Park
UGA Graduate Department: Anthropology
Degree: PhD in Anthropology
Hometown: Tucson, AZ

A Ph.D. student in the University of Georgia’s Anthropology Department, Heather Gallivan is spending her Fulbright year conducting ethnographic research on marine conservation practices in the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA), located south of Bali, Indonesia. But what she’s most looking forward to is the “cross-cultural exchanges” that she’s sure to encounter.

“For me, there is nothing more enthralling than delving into a new cultural experience,” she says. “The insights that result from such direct participation and observation are uniquely rich and exceptionally rewarding. In fact, I believe the knowledge and understanding that arises through such cultural exchange really can’t be apprehended in quite the same way through any other method.

“Besides all this, I know I will have a lot of fun. I can't wait to experience and enjoy the complexity of Indonesian life through living side by side with Indonesians everyday.”

Although she’s a socio-cultural anthropologist, Heather says her work in Indonesia will center on conservation policy development and management practices, with an emphasis on marine conservation in Indonesia and the Southeast Asian region.

Heather says at the conclusion of her time in Indonesia, she’ll take the information she’s collected to develop and write her dissertation. Upon receiving her Ph.D., Heather will be on the lookout for a research and/or teaching post at a university and will continue to publish her findings.

In addition, she’s already looking forward to her next trip back to Indonesia.

“I hope to quickly return to Indonesia to further explore other related areas of research and to initiate new collaborative projects, informed by the research, that are beyond the scope of the current research project,” she says.

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