Australia’s one step forward, two steps back in the Pacific

While Australia is set to implement several meaningful labour mobility, security and diplomatic initiatives, simultaneously counterproductive domestically...

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APEC Summit Palau

DPA PhD graduate Philip Mitna promoted to Chief Superintendent

The Department of Pacific Affairs would like to congratulate Philip Mitna for being conferred the rank of Chief Superintendent by the new Papua New Guinea...

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Mitna and Kramer

New Research Report – New Zealand’s Recognised Employer Scheme (RSE): 10 Year Longitudinal Case Study

A new research report, authored by Dr Rochelle Bailey, is now available.

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Scholarship for Asia-Pacific research

The Ruth Daroesman Graduate Study Grant is now open. Applications close Sun 9 June 2019.

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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

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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Scott MacWilliam

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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Sinclair Dinnen

Dr Sinclair Dinnen joined DPA in 1996 as a postdoctoral fellow. He has a background in socio-legal studies and completed his PhD at the Australian National University in 1996. His doctoral research was undertaken in...

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Julien Barbara

Dr Julien Barbara is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Department of Pacific Affairs, having joined DPA in mid-2013. From November 2013 to December 2016 Julien was also the Convenor of the Centre for Democratic...

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Amanda Watson

Dr. Amanda H A Watson is a Lecturer at the Development Policy Centre of the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (ANU) and a Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Papua...

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Douglas Porter

Dr Doug Porter is Honorary Professor, Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific. He graduated with a Masters First Class Honours from the University of Waikato, and was awarded the Sir John...

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