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Love, Mark

Mark Love is currently a PhD student in anthropology at the University of Queensland, studying leadership and resource management in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. For his earlier studies towards the Honours degree he participated in the University of Queenland’s project “Conserving the Marine Biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands”, carrying out surveys of village fisheries and management practices.


m.love2@uq.edu.au
University of Queensland, Australia (anthropology)
Anthropology, fisheries, rural surveys – Marovo
UQ Marovo Project

Current affiliation, academic qualifications and contact details.

Mark W. Love (Honours, 1st class. anthropology 2006). Awarded a ‘University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship (2006)’ for my thesis.

Currently I am undertaking my PhD in anthropology. I am 70% affiliated with the School of Social Science, 30% with the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACAPCS) at The University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA.

Mail: Michie Building, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4072

E-mail: s4006751@student.uq.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 3289 8247
Fax: +61 7 3365 1544

Research

My (very short) research career in the Solomon’s has so far been based solely on ‘quick ethnography’ strategies, using PRA methods combined with a cultural consensus analysis, interviews and some other tools.  As the anthropological field operative on the UQ-Marovo Lagoon Project (stage 1), I spent five months in the lagoon, over four trips (the longest continues stay being only two months). 

I speak competent Solomon Islands Pijin and basic (simple conversational) Marovo, but with a reasonable ecological vocabulary. 

My thesis was an investigation of two marine resource conservation projects who were trying to establish MPAs in the territorial waters of several butubutu in the lagoon (Seacology, an American NGO and the International Waters Project, a regionally implemented project working in 14 Pacific countries).  My interest is thus in the realm of ‘development studies’ and ‘political ecology’, and I am extending on this theme in my PhD - which in brief is a comparative study of several marine resource management programs in both Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.  I am particularly interested in ‘incentive-based’ resource management programs and how local people harness and reconceptualise such projects. 

Both personally and professionally, I am interested in developing a career around ‘anthropology in use’ rather than as a tenured academic.  I have been doing applied work in Vanuatu on the AusAID funded Kastom Governance Partnership, a collaboration between ACPACS and the National Council of Chiefs which explores and holds workshops (or more pointedly dialogues or storians) with regional Chiefs and government and community representatives on the intersection(s) between customary and introduced governance systems.  I have also done work in northern Australia researching the impact that Indigenous employment in the mining industry has on Indigenous families and communities. In short, I am interested in topics and research methods that have tangible, practical relevance to local people.

I honestly cannot say how my work might serve the current interests of the people of the Western Province in the aftermath of the tsunami.  One of the field sites for my PhD is the WorldFish-WWF MPAs, where WorldFish have been involved in providing technical assistance to communities interested in alternative mariculture activities and who have established an MPA with WWF. Some of these communities were affected by the tsunami.  Certainly some of the reports that have come out post tsunami could do with some more social science perspectives and experience!  Further, some of the development assistance research and programs, such as Oxfam’s Livelihood Assessment report of Ghizo (2008), could have been much more constructive and interesting had they been assisted by a regionally experienced social scientist.  

 

Key publications/reports/materials

S. Albert, J. Udy, I. Tibbetts, N. Duke, D. Neil, M. Love, C. Roelfsema and A. Ross (2006)  Chiniena ba lineana pa Marovo Lagoon [Condition of the marine environments in Marovo Lagoon].  Report to Marovo community. The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

S. Albert, M. Love, C. Roelfsema, N. Duke, J. Udy and I. Tibbetts (2007) Marovo: A lagoon and people facing change.  In N. Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 29-41.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

S. Albert, M. Love, J. Udy, I. Tibbetts, C. Roelfsema, D. Neil, G. Manion, S. Hough, A. Ross and N. Duke (2007)  Science addressing community concerns about the marine environment.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 43-83.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

N. Duke, J. Udy, S. Albert, M. Love, A. Ross, I. Tibbetts, C. Rolelfsema, D. Neil, G. Manion, J. Prange, J. Corrin-Care, R. W. Carter, P. Dart and S. Hough (eds) (2007) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

N. Duke, M. Love, S. Albert, J. Udy, A. Ross, I. Tibbetts, C. Roelfsema, R.W. Carter, J. Corrin-Care and D. Neil (2007)  The UQ Marovo Experience: science-based support for community management of marine resources.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 11-27.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love (2006) Projected epistemologies and unintended consequences: in consideration of environmental change and marine protected areas in Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  B.A. Honours thesis, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love and A. Ross (2006) Preliminary anthropological field report: UQ Solomon Marovo Project Report.  University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love, A. Ross and J. Corrin-Care (2007) Strengthening community capacity.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 85-97. The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love and A. Ross (2007)  Social and cultural considerations.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 99-109.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love, A. Ross, J. Udy, R.W. Carter and C. Howell (2007)  Economic considerations.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 111-127.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

M. Love, J. Corrin-Care and A. Ross with S. Albert, I. Tibbetts, J. Udy. C. Roelfsema and N. Duke (2007) Lessons learned, future directions and recommendations.  In Duke et al. (eds) Conserving the marine biodiversity of Marovo Lagoon: development of environmental management initiative that will conserve the marine biodiversity and productivity of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.  pp. 129-141.  The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

 

MATERIALS

Love (2006) Environmental change and marine protected areas in Marovo lagoon (BA Hons thesis).pdf

Love (2006) Environmental change and marine protected areas in Marovo lagoon (Ma-thesis).pdf


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