Tessa is an assistant professor at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (Leiden University, the Netherlands). Her research and teaching mainly focus on applied environmental anthropology, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and Melanesia. Her doctoral and post-doc field work has focused on livelihood strategies and resilience among hunter-gatherers in the north-eastern Philippines. She has been living and working in the Solomon Islands, conducting research on well-being in logging concessions. Her research interests include livelihoods of coastal and forest-dwelling peoples, the gendered impacts of extractive industries, social and environmental change, and participation in environmental decision making.