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 will launch a series of short films from the PNG Family Protection Order Research Project.

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The bilum is a traditional PNG hand woven bag which incorporates a range of different weaves and patterns.

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

ANU scholarships for short course in Pacific development – enrol by 14 February

Working in Pacific development? Interested in advancing your career in development policy and practice? Find out more about the Department of Pacific Affairs’...

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Fruit market in Port Villa, Vanuatu

ANU-Data61 International Fellowships Program for Indonesian Civil Servants

The program, funded by DFAT, will support two qualified Indonesian civil servants to undertake a three- month fellowship at CSIRO’s Data61 in 2021.

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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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Nicole Haley

Nicole Haley

Professor 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...

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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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John Burton

John Burton is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Department of Pacific Affairs.

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Rochelle-Lee Bailey

Rochelle Bailey, joined DPA as a Research Fellow to work on labour migration issues. Rochelle has conducted eight years of ethnographic research on Pacific labour mobility while researching New Zealand’s Recognised...

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David Hegarty

David Hegarty is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Pacific Affair (DPA), College of Asia-Pacific, ANU. He was formerly Convenor and Senior Fellow of the DPA research and outreach Program from 1998-2008. His...

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