Dispossession and the Environment

This searing study reveals how journalists, developers, surf tourists, and conservation NGOs produce and reinforce inequalities and facilitate dispossession by devaluing Papua New Guinean knowledge and practice.

Winner of the 2017 Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award.

From Modern Production to Imagined Primitive

In this vivid ethnography, Paige West tracks coffee from Papua New Guinea, to Hamburg, Sydney, London, and New York, illuminating the social lives of the people who produce, process, distribute, market, and consume coffee.

Published in 2012 with Duke University Press

Conservation Is Our Government Now

A significant contribution to political ecology, this study examines the history and social effects of conservation and development efforts in Papua New Guinea, specifically the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Published in 2006 with Duke University Press