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Trevor Durbin 
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Trevor.J.Durbin@rice.edu 

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 My is concerned with the perception and imagination of the environment, systems of expertise, bureaucratic practices, and the environmental futures of oceans, coasts and islands. My dissertation research focuses on the role of bureaucratic imaginations in three early-stage initiatives to re-spatialize the Pacific Ocean at massive scales and the political, socio-cultural, and personal frictions between, and within, biodiversity conservation, commercial fishing, deep-sea mining, and sustainable development. My ethnographic fieldwork ranged across Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, and Kiribati and moved between regional international agencies, national governments, and NGOs.

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Environmental perception and imagination;climate change; anthropology of energy; anthropology of the future and imagination; experts, expertise and governance; the social, cultural, and political dimensions of oceans and coastal zones; Oceania, the Pacific region.