OCIS 2020 - Save the Date - Oceanic Conference on International Studies

Held every two years, OCIS is the premier conference in international studies held in Australasia. It brings together scholars working across all fields of...

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Parliament House, Canberra

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).

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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I work for The Journal of Pacific History and lecture in Pacific and Asian History at the Department of Pacific Affairs within the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.

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Dr Scott MacWilliam became a Visiting Fellow at DPA in July 2012. Previously he lectured in the Department of Management at the Western Australian Institute of Technology, in the School of Social Sciences at Curtin...

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Jack Corbett joined DPA in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow; in early 2014 he joined Griffith University but remains a “Visitor” for DPA. His research interests include political leadership and biography in the Pacific...

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