Theresa Meki is a PhD Candidate with the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. Her research focuses on women’s presence and vote share in Papua New Guinea’s election history. She is interested in elections and women’s political representation in Melanesia more broadly. Her PhD research will explore women’s political participation in Papua New Guinea’s 2017 national election.
Prior to commencing her candidature with SSGM in 2014, Theresa worked as a field producer and research assistant for the DFAT funded Pawa Meri film project, a partnership between the Victoria University, Melbourne and the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea.
In partnership with CARE PNG, Colin Wiltshire, Thiago Oppermann and Theresa Meki have recently undertaken joint district assessments and political context analysis in Menyamya District and Gumine District, Papua New Guinea.
<p>In January 2017, the <i>State, Society and Governance in Melanesia</i> (SSGM) Program at the Australian National University will commence a five year PNG Women in Leadership Suppo