Professor Tim Bayliss-Smith

  • Tim’s research is into people/environment relations, past and present, with a special interest in agricultural intensification, agroforestry and Sami reindeer herding, and with a regional focus on islands in Melanesia, the highlands of New Guinea and northern Scandinavia.

    Tim Bayliss-Smith is a member of the Natures, Cultures, Knowledges Group. His current research projects include:

    • Agricultural intensification in pre-colonial Melanesia, with field sites at Kuk in the New Guinea Highlands and Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.
    • Livelihoods in small islands vulnerable to globalisation and environmental change: Ontong Java atoll, Solomon Islands, 1970-present.
    • Social institutions for common property resource management in Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands).

    Tim Bayliss-Smith also has links to the Population, Health and Histories group, with ongoing work on:

    • Sami reindeer societies of northern Sweden in the Viking Age and Medieval periods, including the transition from hunting to herding and the interpretation of the Badjelannda rock art site in Laponia.
    • Historical demography of Melanesia, focusing on depopulation in Solomon Islands, the effects of epidemic mortality and fertility decline from sexually-transmitted diseases, and the validity of the ‘psychological’ depopulation model of W.H.R. Rivers (“colonialism as shell-shock”).