Prof. John Ellissen Burton

jburtonJohn Ellissen Burton (PhD)
Deputy Vice President Research
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Qualification: BA (Hons)(Sheffield) 1977, MSc (York) 1980, PhD (ANU) 1985


John Burton has a PhD from the Australian National University (ANU Digital Theses:, doing doctoral fieldwork in Jiwaka Province 1980-81. He was a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Papua New Guinea, 1985-1991. From 1992 to 2001 he ran a consultancy business specialising in social mapping and social impact studies at the Ok Tedi, Porgera, Lihir, Ramu, Wafi and Hidden Valley mines in Papua New Guinea. He was Senior Anthropologist at the Torres Strait Regional Authority, 2001-2003, contributing to the successful Torres Strait Regional Sea Claim 2001-2010. He was a Fellow in the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, 2004-2013, and was a Visiting Profesor at the University of Marseille in November 2012.

Key research interests:

social mapping and land ownership in Melanesia; development in the Pacific; social impacts of mining; governance and traditional politics in Papua New Guinea; Native Title research in Torres Strait and among rainforest Aboriginal groups in North Queensland; demography in Australia and Melanesia.