Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

Tropical Forests in Oceania: Anthropological Perspectives


Virtualism, Governance and Practice: Vision and Execution in Environmental Conservation


Against the Grain: The Vayda Tradition in Human Ecology and Ecological Anthropology


Special Editions of Peer Reviewed Journals

2020. Offshore Detention in the Pacific. JC Salyer, Steffen Dalsgard, and Paige West, eds. The Contemporary Pacific. 32 (2).

2018. From Reciprocity to Relationality: Anthropological Possibilities. Paige West, ed. Cultural Anthropology (Online & Open Access, in Hot Spots), September 22. 

2009.  Surroundings, Selves and Others: The Political Economy of Identity and the Environment. James G. Carrier and Paige West, eds. Landscape Research, 34 (2).

2006. Melanesian Mining Modernities. Paige West and Martha Macintyre, eds. The Contemporary Pacific, 18 (2). 

sample publications

2021. West, Paige and John Aini. “ ‘I will be traveling to Kavieng!’: Work, Labor, and Inequality in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea”. In Bainton et. al. (eds). The Transformation of Inequality in the Western Pacific. Australian National University Press.

2021. “Reversing the question: Malinowskian Legacies and the Anthropology of Climate Change”, Economic Anthropology. 8(1): 172-147.

2020.  “Becoming through the Mundane: Asylum Seekers and the Making of Selves in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea”. In, Offshore Detention in the Pacific. JC Salyer, Steffen Dalsgard, and Paige West, eds. The Contemporary Pacific. 32(2): 468-476.

2020. “Translations, palimpsests, and politics: Environmental Anthropology Now”. Ethos: Journal of Anthropology. 85(1): 118–123.

2017. “Biocultural approaches to well-being and sustainability indicators across scales.” Sterling, E.J., et. al. Nature Ecology, and Evolution. 1: 1798–1806.

2016. “An Anthropology for The Assemblage of the Now”, Anthropological Forum. 26(4): 438-445.

2015.Anthropological Indeterminacy”. HAU: The Journal of Ethnographic Theory.  5(1): 454–458.

2015. “The Fate of Crater Mountain: Forest Conservation in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea”. Paige West and Enock Kale. In Joshua Bell, Paige West and Colin Filer (eds). Tropical Forests of Oceania. Australian National University Press.

2014. “Learning through Doing: The story of Ailan Awareness’s partnerships with coastal communities”. John Aini and Paige West. In Resilience Sourcebook: Case Studies of Social-Ecological Resilience in Island Systems. New York: American Museum of Natural History.

2014. “Changing the Intellectual Climate”. Noel Castree et. al. Nature Climate Change 4, 763-768.

2014. “Such A Site for Play, This Edge: Surfing, Tourism and Modernist Fantasy in Papua New Guinea”. The Contemporary Pacific 26(2).

2013. “Place, Equity and Earth Stewardship in the Anthropocene” Laura Ogden, Nik Heynen, Ulrich Oslender, Paige West, Karim-Aly Kassam, and Paul Robbins.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 11(7): 341-347.

2012. “Globalization, Place, and Theory in Anthropology”. Anthropology Now. 4(3): 97-108

2010. “Making the Market: Specialty Coffee, Generational Pitches, and Papua New Guinea”.  Antipode. 42  (3) 690 – 718.

2008. “Tourism as Science and Science as Tourism: Environment, Society, Self and Other in Papua New Guinea”. Current Anthropology. 49 (4):597-625.

2008. “Seeing (and Doing) Conservation Through a Cultural Lenses”. Richard Peterson, Paige West, Diane Russell and Peter Brosius. Environmental Management 45:5–18.

2006. “Some Unexpected Consequences of Protected Areas: An Anthropological Perspective” Paige West and Daniel Brockington. Conservation Biology 20(3):609-616.

2006. “Parks and Peoples: The Social Effects of Protected Areas”. Paige West, Daniel Brockington, and James Igoe. Annual Review of Anthropology  20(3):609-616.

2006. “Environmental Conservation and Mining: Between Experience and Expectation in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea”. The Contemporary Pacific 18 (2):295-313.

2005. “Translation, Value, and Space: Theorizing an Ethnographic and Engaged Environmental Anthropology”. American Anthropologist 107 (4):632-642.

2005. “Holding the Story Forever: The Aesthetics of Ethnographic Labor”. Anthropological Forum 15 (3):267-275.

2004. “Getting Away from It All? Ecotourism and Authenticity” (with commentary and reply). Paige West and James G. Carrier. Current Anthropology 45 (4):483-498.

2004. “Local History as ‘Indigenous Knowledge’: Aeroplanes, Conservation and Development in Haia and Maimafu, Papua New Guinea“. David M. Ellis, and Paige West. In Investigating Local Knowledge: New Directions, New Approaches. Bicker, A., P. Sillitoe, and J. Pottier, eds.. London: Ashgate Publishing.

2003. “Knowing the Fight: The Politics of Conservation in Papua New Guinea”. Anthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice 10 (2):38-45.

2001. “Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations and the Nature of Ethnographic Inquiry”. Social Analysis 45 (2):55-77.