Paige West’s broad scholarly interest is in the relationship between societies and their environments. More specifically, she has written about the linkages between environmental conservation and international development, the material and symbolic ways in which the natural world is understood by Indigenous peoples and natural scientists, the aesthetics and poetics of human social relations with nature, the creation of commodities and practices of consumption, and the relationship between material and epistemic dispossessions and racism. Since 1996 she has worked with Indigenous collaborators and partners in Papua New Guinea. While trained as an anthropologist, Dr. West’s work sits more broadly within the transdisciplinary field of political ecology.