About

Hi there! I’m a PhD candidate who spends a lot of time thinking about anthropology, indoor plants, apocalyptic futures, monsters, and habitable exoplanets. You can usually find me writing with coffee in hand and a tiny Devon Rex kitten perched on my shoulder.

I am currently undertaking my doctoral research at the University of Southern Queensland. My thesis is based on ethnographic fieldwork with working holidaymakers in South East Queensland, Australia. It explores how working holidaymakers employed in seasonal agricultural labour in regional Australia experience senses of place and feelings of community.

Some broader research interests include place/space, transience, temporality, ethnobotany, feminist theory, and the anthropology of outer space.

I am also a sessional anthropology lecturer and tutor.

I am a member of the Australian Anthropological Association (AAS), the Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA) and the Aroid Society of Australia (ASA). I am the book and exhibition reviews editor for Queensland Review journal and act as a regional ANSA university representative. I am part of the MeTooAnthro independent research collective, and contribute to social media for Damsels in Doctorates.

Find me on Academia.eduResearchGateTwitter, and Instagram, or send an email to esther.anderson@usq.edu.au.