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    James M

      Hello Everyone,

      I am a prospective PhD student in Social Anthropology at The University of St Andrews, and I am looking to establish a location and interlocutors for fieldwork planned for my second year (2024/5).

      Would anyone here happen to be involved with an environmental organisation or interest group operating in the Pacific, or you maybe know someone who is? I would love to discuss potential collaborations for research. I am also willing to volunteer with these organisations while conducting fieldwork.

      As it stands, I am shaping up a project which looks to study the various entanglements of Pacific Islanders with their surrounding seas as well as analysing the governance of their marine environments in the face of climate change. In doing so I hope to examine everyday forms of seafaring culture and participate as much as I can in activities on or in the water.

      Please reach out if this would be of interest to you or someone you know, otherwise any advice is welcome.

      Thank you

      Sam Willis

        Hello James,

        I’d encourage you to listen to this episode of the mariner’s Mirror podcast

        Navigation Masterclass: Secrets of the South Pacific Wave Pilots

        and to get in touch with John Huth at Harvard. He has contacts with several groups in the Pacific and has done his own fieldwork with Pacific Islanders focussing on their navigation techniques.

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