Since January 2015 SSGM has supported a full-time position in the University of Papua New Guinea’s Department of Political Science, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Alan Robson commenced in the position at the beginning of the 2015 academic year. Alan previously lectured in the Department from 1990-97 and was later engaged under the DFAT-funded G08 project from 2010-2013. He was responsible for re-establishing the honours program, for revising the teaching curriculum, for providing teaching assistance, and mentoring academic staff during his G08 posting. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean, Professor Betty Lovai, invited Alan to return to UPNG in 2015 to provide academic leadership within the School, and support to the Department’s teaching program. Since then, Alan has played a critical role in developing and growing the Department’s teaching program and resourcing the curriculum. He has restarted the Department’s honours program and provided leadership and mentoring to early career academics.