Small-scale mining in Bougainville: Impacts and policy responses

New report released presenting interim findings from research project on small-scale mining in Bougainville

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Gender, Violence and Development Course

A new course, Gender, Violence and Development, designed by Jenny Munro and Richard Eves of SSGM, examines issues of gender and violence in the context of development in Melanesia and the Pacific.

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SAVE THE DATE: State of the Pacific 2016

State of the Pacific 2016 will take place over three days from 13-15 September 2016. State of the Pacific is an annual conference hosted by the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program in the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. A showcase for research on the Pacific region, it brings together academics, policy makers, business leaders, civil society representatives and the media to discuss current research on the Pacific and to explore the vital links between research and policy.

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Former Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to visit SSGM

Former Solomon Islands Prime Minister - and ANU alumnus* - Gordon Darcy Lilo will be spending four weeks as a Pacific Visitor with the Coral Bell School’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program. The visit will take place from 24 May until 21 June. Lilo will be using his time with SSGM to reflect, and to work with SSGM and other scholars, on a range of issues of contemporary relevance to Solomon Islands including developments in politics and public administration; RAMSI and its legacy; the economy; and Solomon Islands and its place in the world. Advice on specific aspects of his program will be circulated on SSGM’s mailing list and also posted on this website.

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Do No Harm: Understanding the Relationship Between Women’s Economic Empowerment and Violence Against Women in Melanesia

Richard Eves has just returned from five weeks in Papua New Guinea, where he undertook fieldwork as part of the project, Do No Harm: Understanding the Relationship Between Women’s Economic Empowerment and Violence Against Women in Melanesia, a collaboration between SSGM and the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA). Richard supervised the team of three researchers from Bougainville — Steven Simiha, Irene Subalik and Genevieve Kouro, all of whom attended SSGM’s Pacific Research Colloquium earlier in the year. The team visited Jiwaka, Chimbu, Eastern Highlands Provinces and Port Moresby, to interview women and men about how income was managed in the family and whether disagreements over this resulted in violence. The team completed over two hundred interviews, including one hundred with women. Findings from the comprehensive fieldwork conducted under the Do No Harm research project will be presented in a number of research publications over the next twelve months.

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Pacific Research Colloquium 2017

Pacific Research Colloquium 2017 applications are now open.

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Richard Eves

Dr Richard Eves is an anthropologist who has published widely on issues of social change in PNG. His first book, The Magical Body: Power, Fame and Meaning in a Melanesian Society (1998), is a...

Meg Keen

Dr Meg Keen joined SSGM in 2015; she has a professional background in South Pacific resource management, regionalism, development and intelligence/security. Meg has been a senior analyst in the...

Peta Jones

Peta joined the SSGM Program in December 2010. Peta has 14 years of university and government experience in administration, and she will assist the Convenor and Executive Office in the day-to-day...

Jenny Munro

Dr Jenny Munro is a cultural anthropologist who works in West Papua (Tanah Papua) and other regions of eastern Indonesia. She joined the SSGM as a Research Fellow in 2013.

Nicole Haley

Dr Nicole Haley joined SSGM in 2006 and was appointed Convenor of the Program in January 2010. Nicole originally came to ANU in 1994 and graduated with a PhD in Anthropology in May 2003. Her thesis...

Scott MacWilliam

Dr Scott MacWilliam became a Visiting Fellow in SSGM in July 2012. Previously he lectured in the Department of Management at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, in the School of Social...

Phillip Mitna

Research Interests: Politics; international relations; foreign policy; national security. ...

Scott Robertson

Scott’s doctoral thesis examines the way in which citizenship is being contested in contemporary New Caledonia since the signing of the Noumea Accord in 1998.

Priya Chattier

Priya Chattier joined SSGM as a Pacific Research Fellow in April 2014. Prior to joining SSGM, she pioneered and headed the University of the South Pacific’s first-ever Gender Studies programme. She...

Colin Wiltshire

Colin Wiltshire is a research fellow in the politics of service delivery at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian...
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