Diana Tung

Diana Tung

Position: PhD Candidate in Anthropology
School and/or Centres: School of Archaeology and Anthropology

Email: Diana.Tung@anu.edu.au


Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development with Commendation, ANU; Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Bryn Mawr College 

Diana is a PhD candidate in anthropology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. Her research utilises changing livelihood strategies in the aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa) palm fruit economy as a lens to examine social, economic, and environmental changes in the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru. She is also interested in multi-species interactions between the aguaje and suri (Rhynchophorus Palmarum), an edible grub and local delicacy. She will be conducting fieldwork in the region from 2020-2021.  

Diana has previously conducted ethnographic research in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Bali, Indonesia, as well as desk research for the Social Science Research Council, Verité, and Reprieve Australia. She has tutored at the undergraduate level in international political economy, visual anthropology, and Spanish. She completed the General Course at the London School of Economics, and holds a Certificate in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of California Berkeley. 

Latin America, Amazonia, Peru; Multi-species interactions, Ethnobotany, Environmental anthropology; Tourism, Infrastructure, Development; Visual anthropology, Gender, Labour, Food

Visual anthropology

2018: Contributing photographer, “The Colours of Anthropology” | Australian Centre on China and the World Gallery, ANU, 14 September - 12 October
2017: Contributing photographer, “The Art of Anthropology” | Australian Centre on China and the World Gallery, ANU, 29 September - 20 October
2016: Contributing photographer, “SHOOT V2” | Melbourne Arts Club
2009: Videographer, editor, “Broken Pots Broken Dreams” (28:52 mins, colour)


2019-2022: Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship
2019: Bernard Wheelahan Latin America Travel Grant, Australian National Center for Latin American Studies, ANU 
2018: European Union Erasmus International Credit Mobility+ Scholarship to Ca’Foscari University, Venice, Italy  
2018: International Alliance of Research Universities Global Summer Program Scholarship 
2018: Banco Santander Scholarship 
2018: Student Extracurricular Enrichment Fund Grant, ANU 
2017: Digital Travel Grant, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
2017: Student Extracurricular Enrichment Fund Grant, ANU 



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