Dr Theresa Meki is a Pacific Research Fellow with the Department of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. She completed her PhD with DPA in 2022. Her research focuses on women’s presence and vote share in Papua New Guinea’s election history. She is interested in elections and women’s political representation in Melanesia more broadly. Her PhD research explored women’s political participation in Papua New Guinea’s 2017 national election.
Prior to commencing her candidature with DPA in 2014, Theresa worked as a field producer and research assistant for the DFAT funded Pawa Meri film project, a partnership between the Victoria University, Melbourne and the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea.
The Department of Pacific Affairs’ PhD students come from across Australia and the region. Meet one who is nearing the submission of her thesis, Theresa Meki.
In partnership with CARE PNG, Colin Wiltshire, Thiago Oppermann and Theresa Meki have recently undertaken joint district assessments and political context analysis in Menyamya District and Gumine District, Papua New Guinea.