Solomon Islands election observation

Local members of ANU’s Solomon Islands election observation mission underwent intensive training in Honiara in late March to prepare them for deployment.

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William Austin (Bill) Standish

We are sad to inform you that William (Bill) Standish passed away on Sunday, 31 March 2019.

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Launch of the Department of Pacific Affairs’ observation report on the 2017 Papua New Guinea General Elections

On 26 March 2019, Professor Betty Lovai, Dean of the University of Papua New Guinea’s (UPNG) School of Humanities and Social Sciences launched the Australian...

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Panel on Women’s Political Participation in the Pacific

On International Women’s Day 2019 a large audience, including a contingent of current male and female Australia Awards scholars, attended a special panel...

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Panel convenor, DPA Research Fellow Dr Kerryn Baker was joined by Honourable Ali’imalemanu Alofa Tuuau (MP, Samoa), Dr Transform Aqorau (a former Chief Executive Officer of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement and a DPA Visiting Fellow) and Sarah Garap (a renowned social and political activist from Papua New Guinea).

DPA briefing on the Bougainville independence referendum

According Anthony Regan, it seems likely that a Bougainville independence referendum will take place, based on the steps the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and...

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Bougainville referendum counting

The Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) (formerly known as the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia 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, DPA seeks to set the international standard for scholarship on the region.

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Sinclair Dinnen

Dr Sinclair Dinnen joined DPA in 1996 as a postdoctoral fellow. He has a background in socio-legal studies and completed his PhD at the Australian National University in 1996. His doctoral research was undertaken in...

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Kerryn Baker

Kerryn Baker

Kerryn is a Research Fellow in Pacific Politics with DPA. Her PhD thesis, submitted in 2014, examined campaigns for parliamentary gender quotas in the Pacific Islands region, with case studies in Samoa, Papua New...

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Colin Wiltshire

Colin Wiltshire is a research fellow in the politics of service delivery at DPA. His research explores the political economy of budget and expenditure practices in PNG and its implications for development outcomes....

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Stewart Firth

Stewart Firth is a Research Fellow at DPA and has been with the department since 2005. His qualifications are in History and Politics, and his doctoral research focused on the history of German colonial rule in...

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Nicole Haley

Nicole Haley

Dr Nicole Haley joined DPA 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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