Dr. Jacka's research focuses on the intersection of development, natural resource management, and the political ecology of land use and land cover change. Since 1998, he has worked in the montane tropics of Papua New Guinea studying the impacts of mining development and economic modernization among indigenous people in western Enga Province. His research highlights the complex entanglements of capitalist development, global environmental conservation, and indigenous livelihoods. In 2016, Dr. Jacka started a new research project on sustainability in post-mining communities in Colorado.
political ecology of resource development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, land use and land cover change, indigenous ecological knowledge, conservation and resource management