Nominees for Ordinary Director
The nominees for the position of Ordinary Director (listed in alphabetical order) are:
Kristin (Kris) McBain-Rigg
Dr Kristin (Kris) McBain-Rigg is a medical anthropologist who has lived and worked in regional Australia and has a passion for improving the health of rural, remote and Indigenous Australian populations. Kris worked as a research officer at the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH) on several major projects including The Rural and Remote Road Safety study (2005-2006), development of an online Cultural Awareness training package for General Practitioners (GPET Cultural Awareness Package) (2006), and the Lifescripts adaptation for use with Indigenous clients (2007). Kris also completed her PhD in Mount Isa, Queensland; a critical medical anthropological enquiry of the health care choices and health care access barriers facing local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the community. This was followed by postdoctoral studies examining the ways that JCU Medical Students understand and integrate principles of social accountability into their learning and practice. Kris's recent work has included research on the use of Quad Bikes in occupational settings in North West Queensland, the current state of primary industries OHS research, and the barriers and facilitators facing farmers in the uptake of OHS solutions on their enterprises for the World Safety Organisation Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. She has held leadership positions including Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching (College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at JCU), and Chair of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Learning and Teaching Committee.
Dr. Malini Sur is a sociocultural anthropologist with research interests in India, Bangladesh and more recently Australia. She studies agrarian borderlands, cities and the environment. She is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Western Sydney University. Malini is the author of Jungle Passports: Fences, Mobility, and Citizenship at the Northeast India-Bangladesh Border (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021). She has also published on borderlands in Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Studies in Society and History and Modern Asian Studies. Her second project is concerned with the political terrains that degraded air generates in India. Drawing on insights from three years of ethnographic fieldwork in the city of Kolkata, she explores how daily-wage bicyclists and environmental activists in large postcolonial cities experience, navigate and mobilize air in everyday life and the economies, including repair economies that coalesce around urban cycling. She has co-edited two Special Issues in CITY and Economic and Political Weekly on urban anthropology.
Malini's interests in the environment, and especially in climatic events, air pollution and dust, and urban mobility now includes new research on Australia. She has published collaborative research on construction sites, on ground-breaking and the redistribution of earth's particles and on dust and bushfire haze. She has also written about slow cycling and urban mobility in Australia and commented widely in the media including the ABC on the global impacts of dust and pollution. Her first documentary film Life Cycle, about air pollution and urban cycling in India has been screened at Baltimore, Perth, Sydney, Canberra, Santiago, Singapore, Kolkata and New York. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and has held fellowships at the University of Toronto and National University of Singapore.