Jacob Nerenberg conducts research on indigenous efforts to assert economic authority in the highlands of Papua, Indonesia. He completed his PhD in Anthropology at University of Toronto in 2018. His doctoral research examined livelihoods, mobilities and the politics of distribution, in a context of contested national integration at Indonesia's easternmost limit. His postdoctoral research focuses on infrastructure expansion projects that draw on contrasting regional development visions: on one hand corporations' drive to open new resource extraction frontiers, and on the other, indigenous aspirations for increased mobility and connectivity. He is interested in conversations between anthropology and economic history and geography, and in tracing relations between global forces of accumulation and regional economic regulation agendas.
Keywords: Capitalism; infrastructures; distribution; extraction; scale; Indonesia; New Guinea