Launch of DPA’s 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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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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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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Jon Fraenkel

Jon Fraenkel is a Visiting Fellow with the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) and a Professor of Comparative Politics in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Victoria...

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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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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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Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith is a fellow in the Department of Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University. His research has explored the demand for organic produce in Chinese urban centers and the role of local officials...

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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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