Florence Durney

Academic Interests

  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Oceans in the Anthropocene
  • Local and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Systems
  • Commodities and Consumption
  • Southeast Asia and the Pacific
  • Conservation and Common Pool Resources


My research centers around small-scale and traditional coastal communities in Southeast Asia and their relationships to the marine environment. As a postdoc with the ERC funded project Whales of Power, my current work focuses on the last community of traditional marine hunters and whalers in eastern Indonesia, and their experiences negotiating religious practice, hunting, and identity in a time of large-scale social and environmental change.

I earned a doctorate from the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona in 2019. My dissertation focused on the intersection of traditional coastal communities and marine protected area planning in two different districts of the province of East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia.


  • P.E.O. Scholar Award 2018
  • Fulbright Student Research Award 2016


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