Associate Professor Darlene McNaughton

Associate Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences Building (2.11)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a social anthropologist who has spent 20 years undertaking research with and for marginalized and first nations peoples, in Aotearoa-New Zealand (1997-8), India (1999-2001), VietNam (2009-2010) and in Cape York Peninsula (QLD) (2002-present). My discipline specific research methodology (ethnography) involves spending extended periods of time (often years) living and working in these communities. As a result, I have considerable communication skills and real-world experiences of research and engagement.

I am an anthropologist of public health and medicine, whose research takes a crititcal lens to the often taken for granted assumptions that underwrite contemporary public health policy and practice. I am known nationally and internationally for my work in three key arenas: critical, anthropological analyses of various ‘urgent’ public health and biomedical issues (obesity, type two diabetes, Indigenous foodways, dengue fever) and the unintended consequences of prevailing approaches; the links between concepts of Country, culutral heritage, health and wellbeing; and my framework for designing ethical community engagement. I am particuarly interested in the concepts of shame and stigma cross culturally. I have published extensively on these topics and have a strong track record in attracting competitively sought funding (Cat 1 and Cat 2).

In 2018 I was the recipient of a large ARC-LInkage grant exploring Aboriginal Foodways, colonialism, 'post' colonialism, gender and the state in partnership with Custodians from north west and central Cape York Peninsula.

Qualifications

BA Honours (Cultural Anthropology)
Ph.D (Cultural Anthropology)

Honours, awards and grants
1996. National Visiting Scholar - Gender Studies Centre, Australian National University
1998. University Medal - James Cook University
1998. Australian Post Graduate Award
1998. National Visiting Scholar - Australian National University. 
Key responsibilities

Co-ordinator of the Dr Public Health (Professional Doctorate).

Member Social Behavioural Research Ethics Committee.

Womens Action Committee - Academic Representative for South Australia - National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU).

Research expertise
Anthropology
Historical studies
Indigenous health
Public health and health services
Research interests

I am a social anthropologist who has spent 20 years undertaking research with and for marginalized and first nations peoples, in Aotearoa-New Zealand (1997-8), India (1999-2001), VietNam (2009-2010) and in Cape York Peninsula (QLD) (2002-present). My discipline specific research methodology (ethnography) involves spending extended periods of time (often years) living and working in these communities. As a result, I have considerable communication skills and real-world experiences of research and engagement.

I am a anthropologist of public health and medicine and am known nationally and internationally for my work in three key arenas: critical, anthropological analyses of various ‘urgent’ public health and biomedical issues (obesity, type two diabetes, Indigenous foodways, stigma, shame and dengue fever) and the unintended consequences of prevailing approaches; the links between Country, cultural heritage, health and wellbeing; and my framework for designing and implementing ethical community engagement strategies. I have published extensively on these topics and have a strong track record in attracting competitively sought funding (Cat 1 and Cat 2).

I have supervised 3 doctoral, 10 masters and 4 honours to completion almost all of whom (13) have published peer reviewed papers from their dissertations. I am currently supervising 13 students including: 8 doctoral, 4 masters and 1 honours student, including those interested in anthropological methods.

In 2018 I was the recipient of a large ARC-Linkage grant exploring Aboriginal Foodways, colonialism, 'post' colonialism, gender and the state in partnership with Custodians from north west and central Cape York Peninsula.

Teaching interests
Social Theory
Gender, Power and Sexuality
Qualitative and Anthropological Research Methods
Community Participation and Engagement in Health
Medical Anthropology

Topic coordinator
PHCA3514 Leadership and Advocacy in Public Health
PHCA9502 Qualitative Research Methods 9 unit
PHCA9205 Critical Debates in Public Health
PHCA2508 Critical Perspecitves on Global Health and Development
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal health
Anthropology
Critical theory
Diabetes
Ethnographic method
Gender
History, Indigenous
Indigenous cultural heritage
Medical anthropology
Obesity
Obesity surgery
Politics of overweight and obesity
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Public health (5)
Associate supervisor: Public Health (3), Archaeology of Foodways (2)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Anthropology
Diabetes
Bariatric or weight loss surgery
Indigenous food and foodways
Obesity studies
Social or Cultural Anthropology
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Media expertise
  • Anthropology
  • Diabetes
Interests
  • Bariatric or weight loss surgery
  • Indigenous food and foodways
  • Obesity studies
  • Social or Cultural Anthropology

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