I chose ANU because of its outstanding academic reputation and the quality of its staff. Importantly, I was able to identify a research supervisor who was enthusiastic about my research interests. When I first contacted my supervisor he was pleasant, helpful, and supportive. I therefore knew ANU would be the right environment for me.
I had heard Canberra was an excellent city to live in - and this has proved very true. It is an entirely delightful and livable city and it suits my family very well. We live within easy cycling distance to the University which is fantastic because I am able to get home so promptly after a day of study and spend quality time with my family.
The most exciting parts of my PhD research have been the seminars, conferences, and opportunities to interact with other ANU students and staff. I was also fortunate to undertake ethnographic fieldwork in Indonesia, the United States, and Canada. One of the key draws of Anthropology at ANU is that doctoral candidates are strongly encouraged to sped a considerable period of time carrying out in-depth qualitative fieldwork.
My advice to students considering undertaking research at the ANU is to visit the campus and get to know some prospective supervisors. Keep an open mind about your research interests – although I initially planned to research in the area of Cultural Geography, as had been the focus of my undergraduate studies, I now appreciate having found a supervisor who has also encouraged me to explore the breadth, depth, and quality of Anthropological work.