Susan Hemer

Dr Susan Hemer

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Susan Hemer is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology & Development Studies, and is Acting Head of Department for Anthropology and Development Studies. She gained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne. Dr Hemer's research interests include the social, health and gendered impacts of mining and development projects in Melanesia, as well as social and emotional dynamics in Melanesia more generally. Dr Hemer publishes on medical or psychological anthropology, and development studies. Her book, Tracing the Melanesian Person, was published in 2013. She lectures in the areas of medical and psychological anthropology, and development studies.

Prior to working at the University of Adelaide, Dr Hemer held a research and project implementation position in the Community Relations Department for Lihir Gold in Papua New Guinea, particularly focusing on health, gender relations and village resettlement.

2017 Fred Johns Scholarship for Biography. University of Adelaide. $8000 (sole investigator). Pioneer nurse: Betty Crouch, the Australian Baptist Mission and maternal-child health in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

2016 Barbara Kidman Fellowship, University of Adelaide. $30,000 (sole awardee).

2014   Africa Australia Universities Network (AAUN) Partnership Development Research Fund Grant. Mining for a Healthier Community (Co-investigator with Helen McDonald [CI], Penny Johnson, Martha Macintyre, et al). $10,000.

2012   Papua New Guinea National AIDS Council Secretariat Small Grant. (Lead investigator) K36,000 ($16,000).

Susan Hemer teaches in both Anthropology and Development Studies. Courses taught include:

Anthropology of Health and Medicine

Life, Death and Culture

Anthropology of Emotion, Mind & Person


Poverty & Social Development

Dr Hemer has team taught in Psychiatry in Emotion, Culture and Medicine

  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135732
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 1
  • Room: 1 34
  • Org Unit: Anthropology and Development Studies

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