Stewart Firth has been a Visiting Fellow at SSGM since 2005. His qualifications are in History and Politics, and his doctoral research focused on the history of German colonial rule in Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia. He subsequently wrote books on the Germans in New Guinea and on nuclear testing in the Pacific Islands. He was Professor of Politics at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, 1998-2004.
He is a regular contributor on Pacific topics to the annual reference work The Far East and Australasia, Routledge, London, and has undertaken research consultancies for AusAID and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He co-teaches an annual Pacific Politics course to undergraduates. Stewart’s present research deals with development outcomes in the Pacific’s territories and small states, and with changing international relations in the Pacific.
A Research Fellow at the Australian National University’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Stewart Firth, said Jakarta had misinterpreted Australia’s relationship wit