ANU and USP Work Together to Advance Thinking on Ocean Governance

SSGM in partnership with the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific held a workshop on ‘Oceans...

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Oceans Governance: Shaping our Future’ Conference.  Image SSGM

State of the Pacific — Slippery Slopes and Rough Rides in Regional Cooperative Endeavours in the Islands

This Discussion Paper results from a speech prepared by Dr Transform Aqorau for the keynote address at the 2016 State of the Pacific Conference, held at ANU 13...

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Transform Aqorau

ANU graduates rated Australia's most employable

Graduates from The Australian National University (ANU) have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers...

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Urbanisation in Honiara: Managing Change, Creating Opportunities

Pacific Island cities have some of the most rapid rates of urbanisation in the world, attracting rural migrants, particularly youth, in search of a better life...

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SSGM image, Honiara City Council sign

Chega! Ten Years On: A Neglected National Resource

New report released presenting key findings of a project that assesses some dimensions of Chega!’s impact in Timor-Leste

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The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) program is the leading international centre for applied multidisciplinary research and analysis concerning contemporary state, society and governance in Melanesia and the broader Pacific. Situated within the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, SSGM seeks to set the international standard for scholarship on the region.

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Kirstie Close-Barry

Kirstie, Deakin University Fellow, completed her PhD in 2014, graduating in October of that year. Her thesis examined the racial and cultural divisions in Fiji through a history of the Methodist mission between 1900...

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Thiago Opperman

Thiago Oppermann joined SSGM in 2013 as a Research Fellow. His principal research focuses on the interactions between villagers and the state in Bougainville. Core aspects of this program include characterising the...

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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. His thesis was...

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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 entitled Ipakana...

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Julien Barbara

Dr Julien Barbara joined SSGM in July 2013 as a Research Fellow. He has a professional background in international relations and development and for most of the period since 2000 has worked in various policy roles in...

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