Uneven development and its effects: livelihoods and urban and rural spaces in Papua New Guinea
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In this chapter, we examine the uneven nature of development within and between rural and urban spaces in Papua New Guinea (PNG). We focus on the types of livelihoods available in urban and rural spaces and the ways these have shaped social and environmental outcomes. This analysis highlights three key issues. First, it shows the importance of thinking about development processes, networks and enclaves in addition to more traditional ways of framing development challenges and opportunities. Second, it points to the importance of PNG’s rural spaces for policymaking and politics. Finally, it notes that while large-scale development projects, such as mining and liquified natural gas, have significantly shaped urban and rural spaces over the past two decades, due to economic shifts, it is becoming less likely PNG will reshape its urban and rural spaces as dramatically in the years to come.
Dr John Cox
Honorary Lecturer, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University
Dr Grant Walton
Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University
Tutor, Division of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Papua New Guinea
Lecturer, Division of Social Work, School of Humanities, University of Papua New Guinea
This presentation is based on the speakers’ chapter, ‘Uneven development and its effects: Livelihoods and urban and rural spaces in Papua New Guinea’, in the ANU-UPNG edited volume, ‘Papua New Guinea: Government, Economy and Society’, available for free download.
The ANU-UPNG seminar series is part of the partnership between the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy, supported by the PNG-Aus Partnership.
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