Prash Naidu (PhD, 2019, University of Michigan) is an environmental anthropologist whose research focuses on the embodied, sensory experience of environmental change and extractive development in Timor-Leste and the Pacific Rim. Broadly, he examines landscape transformations and atmospheric pollution caused by natural resource extraction and traces their impacts on people and ecosystems. He has published "Sensing Change, Changing Place: Sensory Politics Along the Tasi Mane, Timor-Leste" in The Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology 19(5): 467-483, 2018. DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2018.1513552
Naidu's research uses community-driven, citizen-science methods (GIS-GPS technologies, pollution diaries, and citizen sensing) to map olfactory and sonic pollution. His goal is to use data from citizen-science projects to intervene in the global endeavor to document evanescent forms of industrial pollution and inform future pollution regulation policies. He is also beginning a new multi-sited, ethnographic project that examines sand mining, the global commons, and climate change in the Pacific Rim.