PNG’s private security industry could improve public security: report

A new report from researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) highlights the vital role private security plays in ensuring public security across...

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Private Security in PNG: A Networked Approach by Sinclair Dinnen and Grant Walton

The Blue Economy in the Pacific: Promise or Potential?

To mark World Ocean's Day 2021, DPA co-hosted an event with the Australia Awards Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI), titled 'The Blue Economy in the Pacific:...

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L/R: Rachel England (moderator), with event speakers Pip Louey and Amelia Faotusia (c) Australia Awards Women's Leadership Initiative

Recording now live: Research-Policy Nexus: New Developments about Pacific Studies in China

On 5th August, Department of Pacific Affairs hosted a seminar by Dr Denghua Zhang called 'Research-Policy Nexus: New Developments about Pacific Studies in...

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Denghua Zhang

Fulbright scholar to tackle criminal deportation in the Pacific

Henrietta McNeill believes language is the key to unlocking the barriers faced by people in the Pacific who have been criminally deported.

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Henrietta McNeill

Recording now online: The prolonged and unprecedented 2021 Samoan Elections

On 20 May 2021, DPA hosted a webinar on the prolonged and unprecedented 2021 Samoan elections.

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Line of voters during Samoan elections

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Dr Gonzaga Puas

Gonzaga Puas

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With a diverse academic background including a Bachelor of Arts/ Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Law (LLB), Master of Political Science, and a PhD in Micronesian history, Gonzaga uses this breadth of...

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Paul D'Arcy

Paul D'Arcy

After graduating in Pacific and African history from Otago University, I studied at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and worked as an archaeologist and for Television New Zealand, before completing my MA at...

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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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Julien Barbara, Head of Department of Pacific Affairs

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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Bryant Allen

Bryant Allen was born in New Zealand in 1944 and attended primary and secondary school there. He earned a BA degree from Massey University in 1965 and a Master’s degree with 1st class honours in 1969. His thesis was...

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