Paul Mason has conducted community-based research in Indonesia, India and Brazil, behaviour change research in Vietnam and Brazil, and laboratory research in Australia and France. He holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours in Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Anthropology) from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in Anthropology from Macquarie University. He has also undertaken two postdoctoral research positions at the University of Sydney (Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney Medical School, 2013-2016, & the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicince, School of Public Health, 2016-). At the core of Paul's research interests is a deep fascination with biological and cultural diversity, social and multispecies justice, and interdisciplinary and cross-cultural efforts towards establishing long-lasting planetary health.

Research Interests


  • Multispecies Anthropology

  • OneHealth

  • Medical Anthropology

  • Multimodal signalling

  • Choreomusicology

  • Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Mind

  • Globalisation

  • Degeneracy

  • Complex Systems Theory

  • Tuberculosis

  • Mental health

  • Humanly organised expressive systems

  • Ritual Practice and Social Inclusion

    „žmogiškai organizuotas garsas egzistuoja kontinuume kartu su žmogiškai organizuotu judesiu“ (Mason 2012, p. 7)

    Research Grants

  • Australian Research Council, Discovery Project Grant for Global Dementias: examining structural vulnerability and dementia outcomes with CIs N. Warren, B. Brijnath, C. Barton, D. Ayton, S. Niner, D. Reidpath, D. Sakellariou, & D. Mohan (DP200102224), $536,018.00 (2020-2022)

  • Taronga Sustainability Grant, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, $1,500 (2019)

  • Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant for Understanding the socio-cultural dimensions of tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea: Knowledge to optimise public health solutions with CIs Kelly-Hanku, A. M., Graham, S. M., Vallely, A., Majumdar, S., Marais, B., Pomat, W. S., &; Bell, S., $727,410.00 (2018-2020)

  • Faculty of Arts New Appointees Scheme, Monash University $5,000 (2017)

  • Faculty of Arts Interdisciplinary Research Scheme, Monash University, $4,500 (2017)

  • Pozible crowdfunding, Children's book about tuberculosis, $6,155 (2015)

  • Seeding Grant, NHMRC Tuberculosis Centre for Research Excellence, Sydney University (2013)

  • Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Application for funding commencing in 2014, "top 10 per cent of unsuccessful proposals" (Research Grants Management Assistant, Nov 2013) -- a total of two anthropology DECRAs were awarded in 2014.

  • The Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) Deputy Vice-Chancellor Commendation, Macquarie University (2009)

  • Australia-Netherlands Research Collaboration, PhD Overseas Travel Fellowship (2009)

  • Macquarie Travel Scholarship, Macquarie International, (2009)

  • ARC Asia Pacific Futures Research Network conference grant for the Music and Movements in Indonesian Cultures Conference, Workshops and Performance at the Consulate General of Indonesia in Maroubra, 7-9 October 2008.

  • Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) (2007-2010)

  • Darmasiswa RI scholarship, STSI, Indonesia, (2007/2008)

  • Macquarie Travel Scholarship, Macquarie International, (2007)

  • Publication Scholarship, University of Western Sydney, School of Psychology, (2006)

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) (2006)