Gonzaga Puas

Dr Gonzaga Puas

Pacific Research Fellow

Qualifications

BA/Dip.Ed; LLB, MA, (Macquarie University); PhD (ANU)

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Dr Gonzaga Puas

Biography

With a diverse academic background including a Bachelor of Arts/ Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Law (LLB), Master of Political Science, and a PhD in Micronesian history, Gonzaga uses this breadth of knowledge to inform his research and field work in the intersecting areas of climate change, Pacific history, and politics.

Born and raised in Micronesia, Gonzaga’s perspective on Pacific policy and the future direction of the region is seen through the lens of history, supplemented by indigenous knowledge and significant community engagement. His approach to his areas of study aims to balance respecting the rich traditions of his ancestors and other Pacific Islanders whilst using modern and contemporary ideas and information to their greatest effect in local environments.

A particular area of interest is climate change and adaptation, and the ability to use traditional methods of agriculture and conservation with modern tools and technology. His current projects include Australia’s diplomatic relations in the North Pacific, the interaction between constitutional and customary law, China in the North Pacific, the Compact of Free Association between the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the USA as well as health, education, and youth culture in the FSM.

Areas of Expertise and Interest

• Pacific Islands History, the Environment, and Security
• Micro-nations Security
• Health in the Pacific
• Societies, and Cultures
• International Politics
• Globalisation
• Youth
• Gender Relations
• Climate Change in Low-lying Atolls
• International Law
• Constitutional Law
• Labour Relation Law
• Customary Law
• Legal Studies

Micronesian Engagement with the Outside World: Control, Self-Preservation and Continuity, (PhD Thesis), the Australian National University, 2015.

Report on FSM Opioid Addiction Status in the Federated States of Micronesia from 2018-2020, Department of Health and Social Affairs, Palikir, Pohnpei Federated States of Micronesia, September 2020.

“Micronesia in Review”: Issues and Events July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019”, The Contemporary Pacific, Volume 32, No.1, 187-274, University of Hawaii Press, 2020. Gonzaga Puas and Denghua Zhang, “China Meets Its Limits in Micronesia”, in East Asia Forum, April 8, 2020.

Report on Strategic Prevention Framework –Partnership for Success, The Department of Health and Social Affairs, Palikir Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, October 2019.

Report on FSM Health and Food Security in the Mortlocks, Federated States of Micronesia, ASTHO-Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2019.

Report on Strategic Prevention Framework: Partnership for Success, The Department of Health and Social Affairs, Palikir Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, October 2018. The Impact of Climate Change on Health in the Federated States of Micronesia: The Case of Pohnpei Island, Palikir, Pohnpei, August 2018.

The Impact of Climate Change on Health in the Federated States of Micronesia: Pohnpei State, Palikir, Federated States of Micronesia, 2018.

Diabetes Control in the Federated States of Micronesia: In Brief 2018/14, Department of Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University (Co-author).

The Proposed Compact of Disassociation and Re-Association for the Republic of Chuuk, Kaselelhie Press, August 2018.

Report on Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success, The Department of Health and Social Affairs, Palikir Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, October 2017.

Developing Pharmaceutical Legislation for the Federated States of Micronesia, Department of Health and Social Affairs, and the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palikir, Pohnpei, September 2017.

Report on the Status of Pharmaceutical Practices in the Federated States of Micronesia, Department of Health and Social Affairs and the World Health Organization, Palikir, Pohnpei, September 2017.

The Impact of Climate Change on Health in the Federated States of Micronesia: The Case of the Low-lying Islands of the Mortlocks, Palikir, Pohnpei, 2017.

Introduction, Tamkang Journal of International Affairs Special Issue: Micronesia in Focus, Volume 19, No. 11, Taipei, October 2015. (co-author with Nicholas Halter)

“Planning for Micronesia’s Future in the Era of Climate Change”, Tamkang Journal of International Affairs, Taipei, V.19 No. 11, 2015.

“The Federated States of Micronesia” in Pacific Ways: Government and Politics in the Pacific Islands, (2nd edition), Stephen Levine (editor), University of Victoria, New Zealand, 2015.

“The Evolving Relationship Between the Federated States of Micronesia and China”, in Pacific Partnerships Resource Development edited by Paul D’Arcy, Patrick Matbob, and Linda Crowl, Divine Word University Press, Madang, September 2014.

Report on The Impact of Climate Change on Health in the Federated States of Micronesia: The Case of the Low-lying Islands of the Mortlocks, Palikir, Federated States of Micronesia, 2017.

Linking Health and Climate Change in the Mortlocks, Kaselelhie Press, Pohnpei, July 2017. Kuchuwa Community Project: Indigenous Youth Responses to Water and Waste Management, (co-author Nicholas Halter and Myjoylynne Kim), University of South Pacific, Fiji, June 2016. Review of the Current Health Practices in the FSM: Laws, Regulations and Policy Regimes, Palikir, Federated States of Micronesia, 2013.

“Climates Change Refugees” in the Planet Workshops Global Conference VIII Edition, International Forum for Sustainable Development UNESCO, Paris, France, June 3-5, 2013. (co-author)

Developing New Legislation to Reduce Health Related Harm Caused by Alcohol in the Federated States of Micronesia, FSM Department of Health and Social Services, Palikir, Pohnpei, 2012, (Report).

The FSM’s Agricultural Sector: The Lower Mortlocks’ Experience Regarding Adaptation to Climate Change, Paper submitted to CliMates Student Association, Science Po University, Paris, France, January 2012.

The Federated States of Micronesia’s Climate Change Profile, published by the CliMates Association, Science Po University, Paris, France, 2012.

Labour Standards in the FSM, written for the FSM Department of Justice, April 12, 2005, (Report)

“Political Review of Micronesia” in The Contemporary Pacific, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 2001, (co-author with Joakim Peter).

“Micronesia Still a Colony”, Pacific Daily News, Guam, USA, January 15, 2000.

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