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...

» read more

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.

» read more

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...

» read more

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’...

» read more

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.

» read more

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.

Our people

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...

» read more

» view all people

James Batley

James Batley

James Batley joined Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 1984. In the early part of his career he was posted to Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. From 1997-1999 he was Australia’s High Commissioner...

» read more

» view all people

George Carter

George Carter is a Research Fellow in Geopolitics and Regionalism, at the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University (ANU). In 2019 he became a Co-Director for the ANU Pacific Institute; a...

» read more

» view all people

Gemma Malungahu, Research Fellow, Department of Pacific Affairs

Gemma Malungahu

Dr Gemma Melvena Malungahu is a Tongan Research Fellow with the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA). Her background is in health sciences, public health and qualitative research. She undertook her undergraduate...

» read more

» view all people

Stephanie Lawson

Stephanie Lawson is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, Sydney, Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg and Honorary Professor with the...

» read more

» view all people

  • Previous
  • Pause
  • Previous
Keep up-to-date

Updated:  3 March 2021/Responsible Officer:  Bell School Marketing Team/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team