Mark Busse

Mark Busse is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland. His research concerns social organization, reciprocity and markets, intellectual and cultural property, and inequality with a geographical focus on Papua New Guinea. He has carried out long-term ethnographic research among Boazi-speaking peoples in the Lake Murray-Middle Fly area of Papua New Guinea since 1982. That research has focused on dual organization, sister exchange marriage, gender and inequality, history, and regional integration. Before moving to New Zealand in 1999, Mark worked for nine years at the Papua New Guinea National Museum first as Curator of Anthropology and then as Assistant Director for Science, Research and Consultancy. His current research, which is funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, concerns the fresh food market in Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It addresses issues of urban food security through an examination of the market as a set of complex social relations and from the perspectives of the diverse participants in the market rather than through the application of Western economic models. He is co-editor of Protection of Intellectual, Biological and Cultural Property in Papua New Guinea with Kathy Whimp (published by ANU Press) and Ownership and Appropriation with Veronica Strang (published by Berg).


Protection of intellectual, biological & cultural property in Papua New Guinea »

Edited by: Kathy Whimp, Mark Busse
Publication date: March 2013
Intellectual, biological and cultural property rights are a powerful and debatable topic. They offer the possibility for protection of rights to intangible resources, including the products of knowledge and creativity. The forces of globalisation have made this subject of immediate, international concern. Struggles for ownership of intellectual property occur between and within local and global arenas. This book examines important questions which Papua New Guinea must ask in the development of intellectual property legislation. The chapters are written by specialists in the fields of medicine, law, the environment, music, genetics and traditional cultural knowledge. The wise and creative protection of intellectual, biological and cultural property is important if Papua New Guinea is to successfully define and realise its future. This book is for all those interested in finding the best policies for protecting these rights wherever they may live and work.