Dr Transform Aqorau receives honorary degree of Doctor of Laws

On 15th July, Dr Transform Aqorau was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at the Australian National University (ANU) for exceptional...

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Dr Transform Aqorau with James Batley, DPA.

Study to investigate safety and wellbeing of Pacific workers in Australia

Researchers at ANU Department of Pacific Affairs are embarking on a study to investigate the safety and wellbeing of workers under the Pacific Australia Labour...

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Regional Accelerator Forum participants in Cairns, September 2021. Photo: Pacific Labour Facility

Recording now available - Symposium on family protection orders in the Pacific region

On 9 December 2021 the Australian National University (ANU) and the Pacific Community (SPC) co-convened a ‘Symposium on family protection orders in the Pacific...

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FPO Symposium picture - Woven bags from the Pacific (Vanuatu and PNG)

“Deep concern” for cut off Tonga

ANU academics with family and friends in Tonga say panic and a lack of clear information are hampering search and rescue efforts in the wake of the eruption of...

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VIEW OF NOMUKA, TONGA, COVERED IN ASH FROM THE VOLCANO. Photo: New Zealand Defence Force

Event next week - Symposium on family protection orders in the Pacific region

On 9 December 2021, the Australian National University and the Pacific Community (SPC) are hosting an online symposium on family protection orders in the...

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FPO Symposium picture - Woven bags from the Pacific (Vanuatu and PNG)

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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Julien Barbara, Head of Department of Pacific Affairs

Julien Barbara

Associate Professor Barbara is Head of ANU’s Department of Pacific Affairs (formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program) and Deputy Team Leader of the DFAT-funded Pacific Research Program. A political...

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Denghua Zhang

Denghua Zhang joined ANU DPA as a research fellow in January 2018. He completed his PhD program on Chinese foreign policy and trilateral aid cooperation at ANU in 2017. Prior to that he had a decade-long work...

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Michael Leach

Michael Leach

Michael Leach is Professor in Politics and International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, and a visiting fellow at the Department of Pacific...

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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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Bal Kama

Dr Bal Kama is a practicing lawyer and academic. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics/International Relations) and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Canberra, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from...

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