Djuke Veldhuis

Assoc Professor


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Djuke is Director of the Bachelors of Science Advanced – Global Challenges course at Monash University and passionate about engaging at the intersection of science and society. She holds a BA (Hons) in Archaeology & Anthropology and a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Science Journalism from City, University of London. 

From assessing intergroup environmental dilemmas in Alaska to documenting the effects of rapid environmental and cultural change on human health in Papua New Guinea or tracking human prehistory in the Libyan Sahara, Djuke thrives on tackling interdisciplinary research questions. Her academic background is in biological anthropology with a focus on health and human behavior. Consequently, her research involves analyses with a combination of qualitative and quantitative data and a variety of statistical techniques. Djuke's doctoral research in Papua New Guinea combined quantitative stress hormone measures with subjective markers of economic and psychological wellbeing. My research in Alaska takes as its starting point that many environmental and social problems, from air pollution to overfishing, are the result of a breakdown in cooperation. Using traditional economic games in combination with an ethnographic approach the aim is to understand how factors such as competition, punishment and reputation can influence the ability of communities to tackle environmental problems. Both projects involve extensive bilateral engagement with NGOs, health professionals and community leaders to build up local capacity and trust. 

She has also developed and delivered science communications training to hundreds of people across the globe. Previous roles include managing FameLab, an international science communication competition in partnership with Cheltenham Festivals, The British Council and NASA, as well as work with the US Global Development Lab’s “Partnership for enhanced engagement in research”. 

Research area keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Endocrinology
  • Health
  • Archaeology
  • Education and globalisation
  • Sustainability
  • Human Behaviour
  • Stress
  • Work Integrated Learning


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