Toksave Pacific Gender Resource now live

The Toksave Pacific Gender Resource is a new online portal that aims to make quality research on gender in the Pacific discoverable and accessible.

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New research released on family protection orders in Papua New Guinea

New research is now available on the use and efficacy of family protection orders in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

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Bilums on the cover page of the Family Protection Orders Research Report.

Obituary: Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare

With the death of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare – the man who led Papua New Guinea to independence in 1975 – the Pacific has lost one of its most prominent...

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Papua New Guinea’s first prime minister, Sir Michael Somare. Picture by Dan McGarry

Launch of a series of short films from the PNG Family Protection Order Research Project

To celebrate International Women’s Day in 2021, DPA launched a series of short films from the PNG Family Protection Order Research Project.

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_ (L-R) Julien Barbara (DPA), Lindy Kanan (DPA), Judy Putt (DPA), Saskias Tameo (PNG Deputy High Commissioner), photo by Tanuj Parakh, DPA

A Cautious New Approach: China's Growing Trilateral Aid Cooperation – a book by Dr Denghua Zhang

Interview with Dr Denghua Zhang about his new book and how his research has addressed gaps in knowledge and understanding about China’s foreign policy and aid...

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Dr Denghua Zhang, Department of Pacific Affairs

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 the 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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Kerry Zubrinich

Dr Kerry Zubrinich is a researcher with the Department of Pacific Affairs. For the past 25 years her research has centred on aspects of social life in Melanesia with the peoples of Papua New Guinea and the indigenous...

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Douglas Porter

Dr Doug Porter is Honorary Professor, Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific. He graduated with a Masters First Class Honours from the University of Waikato, and was awarded the Sir John...

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Julien Barbara

Associate Professor Barbara is Head of ANU’s Department of Pacific Affairs (formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program) and Deputy Team Leader of the DFAT-funded Pacific Research Program. A political...

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Michael Leach

Michael Leach is Professor in Politics and International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, and a visiting fellow at the Department of Pacific...

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Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith is a fellow at the Australian National University’s Department of Pacific Affairs. He was awarded his PhD in 2008, for work that explored the motivations of China’s local officials as they attempted to...

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