Get to know the ANSA Executive in a little more detail:

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Tyler Riordan is a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Hospitality at the University of Queensland (UQ). Tyler has facilitated UQ’s Anthropology Working Paper series since 2019, and he also works as a Research Assistant and Facilitator. Tyler’s PhD project investigates experiences of migrants who work in platform-based food-delivery. Through his ethnography on migrant labour in the ‘gig’ economy, Tyler hopes to further understand the concepts of social hospitality, virtual hospitality, and hospitableness. Tyler’s broader research interests include the ways in which disadvantaged communities use agency to navigate training and employment programs in hospitality. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Class I (Anthropology), and a Diploma in Languages (Spanish). His Honours research investigated the ways refugee youth developed strategies to take ownership of their settlement journeys to improve individual and peer wellbeing. Tyler has eight years’ experience in the hospitality industry and a professional background working on education and community development programs with vulnerable communities in Australia and Latin America.

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Sarah is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Queensland. She moved with her family to New Zealand when she was six from South Africa, and is of Lebanese, Armenian, and English ancestry. Her mixed background and experiences of difference pulled her to study anthropology, and a fascination of Victor Turner and Communitas influenced her to specialise in the anthropology of religion. Sarah’s PhD research is investigating a local iteration of a global interfaith organisation, to understand the role of interreligious networks within social and political efforts for peace-making and coexistence. Her anthropological interests include the anthropology of religion, peacebuilding, hope, and the good, as well as international relations and transnational social and political networks. When she has spare time, Sarah likes to read (or listen to) non-academic books, and take her dog to the beach.


Carolyn is currently studying for her Graduate Diploma in Anthropology at the University of Melbourne. She is an internationally published photographer, filmmaker and writer primarily concerned with how digital technology visually facilitates the way in which we see and interact with the world around us. More broadly, her work looks at topics relating to pop culture, religion and spirituality, coffee production and sales, and the global climate crisis. She has a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Media Communications and Public Relations from Deakin University. When she's not busy studying, Carolyn is the director of a global coffee competition show on Youtube and can be found venturing around the country from her tiny van: Ziggy Deathbox.


Liz Hydesmith is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Manitoba, in the central Canadian city of Winnipeg. Liz also has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nursing) from the University of Sydney. She has many years of
experience in regional, state, and national health service and management of public health and knowledge translation agencies in the not-for-profit and public sector in Canada and Australia. She is also a trained English Additional Language instructor. For Liz, all of this past experience draws her to the intersection of health, political, social and cultural anthropology where she can begin to contemplate factors influencing how people live and experience life and being well in communities. Liz is currently working with researchers and others engaging an “Indigenous two-eyed seeing” approach to understand the journey of Indigenous Canadians living with HIV as they experience the HIV care cascade in Manitoba. Her particular focus explores health
care providers’ perspectives through an anthropological lens.

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Traci has conducted research in Indonesia since 2004, including 22 months of ethnographic research between Central Java and Jakarta, with street traders of pharmaceutical products. Traci has long been interested in the anthropology of Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and theorising about social and cultural change. Traci’s research interests include work, health and time, and how different groups navigate the temporal, social and mental aspects of everyday life in different socio- cultural contexts across the globe and lifespan. Traci has presented research papers on democratisation of medicine, boredom and growing up in Indonesia. An
experienced marketing manager and advertising researcher, Traci is skilled in corporate, academic and everyday research and communications. Traci is located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, where she works as a sessional academic and PhD
researcher at the University of the Sunshine Coast.