Recent fieldwork with returning seasonal workers in Vanuatu

Rochelle Bailey has continued her nine-year longitudinal study on the impacts of participation in regional seasonal labour schemes with recent fieldwork in Vanuatu

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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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Amanda Watson

da H A Watson is a Visiting Fellow with the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. Her PhD thesis...

Susan Dixon

Susan Dixon completed her PhD in the Geography department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her dissertation, entitled Islands on the Edge? Investigating the Geographical Underpinnings of Crisis...

Armindo Maia

Research Interests: Timor-Leste local history; history of the resistance and independence; Timorese Culture.

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...

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...

Bryant Allen

Bryant Allen was born in New Zealand in 1944 and attended primary and secondary school there. He earned a BA degree from Massey University in 1965 and a Master’s degree with 1st class honours in 1969...

George Carter

George is a doctoral candidate in the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program at the Australian National University working on the topic Pacific Islands’ coalitions and diplomacy in...

Anthony Regan

Anthony Regan is a constitutional lawyer who specialises in constitutional development as part of conflict resolution. Has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for 15 years and in Uganda for over...

Phillip Mitna

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

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...
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