Dr Avinash Kumar is the Pacific Research Fellow who joined SSGM in December 2015. Dr Kumar graduated with a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Crawford School of Economics and Government, ANU, in 2012. His PhD thesis titled ‘The Resilience of the Legislature in Fiji’ focussed on the three key factors – civil society organisations, political parties and the international community - that contributed to the resilience of the Fiji’s Parliament. Dr Kumar has been a practitioner for most part of his working life. After teaching secondary school for three years, he worked as a Research Officer at Office of the Leader of the Opposition and later as a Principal Research Officer at the Parliament of Fiji. He has also briefly worked as a Research Associate and as a lecturer at the University of the South Pacific. Prior to joining SSGM he worked as the Director Strategic Development and Communications at the Fijian Elections Office. Currently, Dr Kumar is writing a book based on his thesis and also researching on issues relating to parliaments, civil society and electoral management bodies in the Pacific.