Sarah Webb awarded Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
|Manlalbet (honey harvesters) indicate the location of a bee hive|
PhD student Sarah Webb was recently awarded the prestigious Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. This award is very competitive internationally, with less than 25% of applicants being successful.
Working with Dr Wolfram Dressler and Dr Anna Pertierra, Sarah secured just under US$18,000 to carry out fieldwork for her PhD dissertation entitled, ‘Materials Reformed, Materials of Reform: The Makings of Forest Product Value on Palawan Island, the Philippines’
The funding will be used to support Sarah's fieldwork on Palawan Island, where she is examining how forest products such as honey, resin, and rattan are used in making a living by people living in and around a national park. Research activities focus on tracking the importance of these products between the households of families harvesting forest products, the manufacturing or repackaging of products into different commodities, government and NGO livelihood projects seeking to support forest products as the means of sustainable livelihoods, and, state regulation of the harvest, use, and sale of forest products.