Katerina Teaiwa is Associate Professor at the College of Asia and the Pacific’s School of Culture, History & Language at The Australian National University. She is also Vice-President of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies.
With a background in Anthropology and Pacific Islands Studies, her research looks at the histories of phosphate mining in the central Pacific. It focuses on the movement of Banaban rock and the complex relations created by the mining, shipping, production, and consumption of superphosphate and ensuing commodities.
She also studies the ways in which indigenous Banabans make sense of this history of double displacement in their new home of Rabi Island in Fiji. Her work is captured in Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People and Phosphate from Banaba, coming soon from Indiana University Press. Her Banaba work has inspired a permanent exhibition at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which tells the story of phosphate mining in the Pacific through Banaban dance.