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Saleem H Ali is associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. He is a member of the United Nations Environment Program's expert advisory group on environmental conflicts and the World Conservation Union's task force on transboundary conservation. Author of Mining the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts (University of Arizona Press, 2004), Ali is currently researching the environmental and social impact of gemstone mining under a grant from the Tiffany Foundation.

David Chappell is associate professor of Pacific Islands history at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. For the past decade, he has been focusing his studies on the French Pacific territories, especially Kanaky New Caledonia.

Alumita L Durutalo is a political historian and a lecturer at the department of history and politics at the University of the South Pacific. She completed her PhD in political science and international relations at the Australian National University in Canberra with a dissertation entitled "Of Roots and Offshoots: Fijian Political Thinking (1960-1999)." Her research interests center on political representations in the Pacific and party politics and elections in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Bougainville, Vanuatu, and Fiji.

Colin Filer holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the universities of Glasgow and Papua New Guinea. He was projects manager for the University of Papua New Guinea's consulting company from 1991 to 1994, when he left the university to join the PNG National Research Institute as Head of the Social and Environmental Studies Division. Since 2001, he has been the convener of the Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program at the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Alphonse Gelu is a lecturer in political science at the University of Papua New Guinea. He completed his PhD in the department of political studies at the University of Auckland in 2005 with a dissertation entitled "Is the Decline of Democracy Inevitable? A Democratic Audit for Papua New Guinea." His research interests include electoral politics, governance, the role of civil society, and democracy in Papua New Guinea and other South Pacific states. [End Page 485]

Alex Golub is an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. In 2005 he completed a PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago entitled "Making the Ipili Feasible: Imagining Local and Global Actors at the Porgera Gold Mine, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea." His research interests include governance in the Pacific, the politics of indigenous identity, intellectual and common property, and identity and sociality in massively multiplayer role-playing games.

Andrew Singh Grewal recently completed his graduate studies in environment and development at the University of Cambridge, UK, where his thesis focused on the impact of nickel mining on the Kanak of New Caledonia. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in international studies.

Jamon Halvaksz received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota (2005) based on ethnographic research in the Wau-Bulolo area of Papua New Guinea. The primary focus of his research is on resource management, particularly mining and conservation efforts in the Pacific. He is currently a postdoctoral Fellow at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Benedict Y Imbun, a senior lecturer in the School of Management, University of Western Sydney, is a Papua New Guinean academic who has studied anthropology, employment relations, and management. He has written extensively on mining in Papua New Guinea, focusing on labor relations, economic development, wage issues, and corporate social responsibility. Formerly, he was associate dean of the School of Business Administration, University of Papua New Guinea.

Dan Jorgensen is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario. His initial fieldwork among the Telefolmin took place in 1974-1975 and focused on myth, secrecy, and male initiations in Telefol religion. The advent of the Ok Tedi project in the early 1980s served to redirect his attention to the history of Telefol engagements with various aspects of the global.

Anita Jowitt is a lecturer in law at the University of the South Pacific...


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