- Annual General Meeting of The Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS), 10 May 2013
- Dr. Hsiao-chun Hung returns to the Mariana Islands
- Vote buying prevalent in Indonesia and the Pacific
- The end of the Pacific? Sea-level change and Pacific Island livelihoods
- Politics, development and security in Oceania
- Kago, Kastom and Kalja: The Study of Indigenous Movements in Melanesia Today (Cahiers du Credo) (Volume 2)
- In conversation with Sir Mekere Morauta
- Engendering objects: Dynamics of Barkcloth and Gender among the Maisin of Papua New Guinea by
- Another Port Moresby community bulldozed
- Reflections on the PNG Budget Forum: Can devolved funding be effectively utilised
- European Investment Bank backs remote aviation investment in the South Pacific
- Lifting skills in the Pacific: using infrastructure procurement for skills transfer
- Fiji constitutional referendum? Unlikely
- CDI Policy Paper: Comparing Across Regions: Parties and Political Systems in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands
- SSGM’s ‘State of the Pacific’ Conference (25-26 June 2013)
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Applications are now open for the 2014 round of Australia Awards Scholarships. Information for applicants, (including details of who to contact with scholarship inquiries and cut-off-dates for applications) are available on AusAID’s website. You may also view eligibility and other criteria related to the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships (AAPS) program on the AusAID site.
State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program seeks to appoint up to eight early to mid-career scholars, with ongoing research interests in Melanesia or Timor-Leste. SSGM seeks scholars with backgrounds in political science, anthropology, human geography, law, gender studies and development studies, whose research interests complement the existing expertise within the Program, which is organised around four thematic clusters.
- Politics, Elections, Leadership & Governance;
- Conflict, Justice & Peace Building ;
- Livelihoods, Rural Development & Extractive Industries ;
- Gender and Social Development.
Up to two appointments are envisaged in each cluster. For further information please see: http://jobs.anu.edu.au/PositionDetail.aspx?p=3296 or contact Dr Nicole Haley, Convenor of The State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program at the ANU.
The UNDP is looking for an implementing partner (International Non-Governmental Organisation) for the Pacific Resilience Programme, based in Fiji [read more].
The Pacific Institute congratulates ANU Master’s graduates Ana Lautaimi Soakai (Crawford School) and Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee (College of Law) and who were among 30 Pacific students studying in Australia to receive the Prime Minister’s Pacific-Australia (PMPA) Award last Thursday (6 December 2012). Here we offer extracts from an interview with Ana about her work and what she hopes to achieve with her PMPA Award. [Read more about Tauvasa and his PMPA in an earlier post to Outrigger.] Click the photo of Ana (top left) to see her with The Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of the ANU (standing to her left) and Prof. Tom Kompas, Director of the Crawford School at her graduation ceremony last Friday.
Ana Lautaimi Soakai was born in 1984 and raised in the Ha’apai island group, Tonga where she attended a local primary school (GPS Pangai/Hihifo). She then moved to Tonga High School (THS), Nuku’alofa, and was Head Girl Prefect in her final year. After completing Form 7, she passed a bursary program and was awarded a scholarship from NZAID to study a Bachelor of Economics and Information Systems at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. She completed her degree in mid-2007 and immediately began work in the Revenue Services Department (RSD) of the Kingdom of Tonga. The following year, she became a senior economist with the Project and Aid Management Division, in the Tongan Ministry of Finance. In late 2010, she received news that her application for an Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) was successful and in early 2011, she commenced a Graduate Diploma in International Development Economics (IDEC) at the ANU’s Crawford School. This year she completed her Masters in International Development Economics.
Ana’s Prime Minister’s Pacific Award (PMPA) will enable her to spend three months in Pacific Islands Trade and Invest (PITI), the ‘region’s lead export facilitation, investment and tourism promotion agency.’ PITI is a part of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat, and as such is responsible for promoting international industry and business opportunities for all of the 14 PIF member countries. Ana has met with staff from PITI and is already impressed by their professionalism. She is excited about her PMPA placement and believes her time with PITI will give her valuable new insights and a better understanding of issues related to economic development in the region. We are sure that her colleagues at Pacific Islands Trade and Invest will enjoy their time with her.
Ana has made a big impression at the ANU. Like her fellow ANU PMPA Awardee Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee, she has made significant contributions to mentoring programmes for Pacific Islander youth in Australia run by Pasifika Australia. This year, in addition to her other activities and her Masters program, Ana was also President of the Toad Hall Resident’s Advisory Committee. She has loved her time as a student at ANU, particularly her time in residence at Toad Hall, where she has enjoyed the strong sense of community among postgraduate students from very diverse backgrounds. She has also greatly appreciated the support of her Pacific brothers at Toad Hall (from Samoa and Fiji) – most recently for the meals they cooked for her throughout her final exam period.
Ana’s sense of gratitude is infectious. In reflecting on her time at ANU, she expressed her appreciation for her fellow students and residents, but also for her extended family in Canberra and at home in Tonga, who have supported her emotionally and financially with her studies. Ana believes this inclusive and intimate approach to extended family is as fundamental to Pacific islands cultures as it is to her own wellbeing – it kept her from feeling isolated, lonely and homesick during the two years she lived in her small room in Toad Hall, away from her immediate family.
On Friday, 14 December 2012, in a graduation ceremony at the ANU’s Llewellyn Hall attended by her parents and members of her extended family (pictured left), Ana’s two degrees were conferred. For Ana, this was a moment for profound gratitude. One of seven children, her parents went to great efforts to ensure she and her siblings received a good education (she is the only university graduate in her family). Her Dad worked for 33 years as a linesman with the main electricity utility in Tonga (TPL) to pay for the children’s education. Her older brother worked as a fruit picker in the Emerald region of Queensland for 7 months earlier this year (under the Australian Government’s Pacific Seasonal Worker Scheme) to buy his own land in Tonga, but also set money aside each month to pay for Ana’s parents to come to Australia so they were able to attend her graduation. Ana’s gratitude for these and other blessings is ultimately to God. She believes “we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.”
Two PhD positions are offered as part of the Marsden-funded project, “Harnessing the power of business: the contested involvement of corporations in community development initiatives in the Pacific” [read about other Marsden Fund Pacific-related research in this earlier post to Outrigger]. One student will work under the supervision of A/Prof Glenn Banks on two mining sector case studies, and one will work under the supervision of Prof Regina Scheyvens on two tourism case studies. Applications due 20 December 2012. Project start date: March 2013 (funding for a 3 year period). (more…)
The Pacific Institute congratulates ANU Master’s students Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee (College of Law, pictured left) and Ana Soakai (Crawford School) who were among 30 Pacific students studying in Australia to receive the Prime Minister’s Pacific-Australia (PMPA) Award last Thursday (6 December 2012). Here we offer extracts from an interview with Tauvasa about his work and what he hopes to achieve with his PMPA Award. [We profile Ana Soakai in a post to Outrigger on 15 December 2012.]
Tauvasa Tanuvasa Chou-Lee (pictured above) was born in 1982 and raised in Port Moresby where he attended an international primary school, Tokarara High School, Port Moresby National High School and then the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). He graduated from UPNG with a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours in early 2005 and was admitted to the PNG Bar at the end of that same year after completing training at the PNG Legal Training Institute. In early 2006 he joined the Office of the Solicitor General, in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Justice and Attorney General. In 2011, he was awarded an Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) to pursue a Master’s degree in Law specialising in Government and Commercial Law. Tauvasa completes his degree at the end of this year and will return to PNG to re-commence his work as Deputy Solicitor General (State Defence) in the Office of the Solicitor General.
Tauvasa is passionate about his profession and hopes that the experiences he will gain through work experience supported by the PMPA scheme will help him make a significant contribution to efforts to improve the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice and Attorney General as a whole. With around 20 lawyers and an average load of around 400 cases per lawyer, lawyers in the Office of the Solicitor General need all the help they can get. Tauvasa notes “with charging and recovering costs that his office simply cannot cope with the current caseload and that they at times brief out matters to private law firms through the Attorney General often at great expense.” He is particularly concerned with workloads caused by serial litigants with often vexatious claims. Tauvasa feels keenly the responsibility of his office and recognises that “every time we lose a claim, we lose taxpayers’ money – money that could be spent on development, on improvements to peoples lives and livelihoods, especially in the rural areas where basic services and infrastructure are much needed.” He strongly believes that by working for the state (the primary client of the Office of the Solicitor General), he is working for the people of Papua New Guinea. He aims to help create a Government Legal Enterprise in PNG (an entity akin to the Australian Government Solicitor), which may advise and represent the Government of Papua New Guinea in courts and tribunals and help to de-politicise the work of his Office and that of the Department of Justice and Attorney General in the country.
Tauvasa is dedicated to his work in Papua New Guinea, even though the rest of his family live in Samoa. A citizen of PNG, he is one of a growing number of young Pacific Islanders whose familial connections span the Pacific Ocean. His Mother is from Central Province (with family from Baluan Island, Manus Province) and his Father is of chiefly Samoan (Tanuvasa from Manono) and Chinese ancestry. Tauvasa knows that this mix of culture, tradition and identity can be confronting for some, but for him it is about recognition of family and, as one Samoan saying goes, “People have more roots than trees.”
[See a media release about the 2012 PMPA awards on the AusAID website.]
Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO) NSW’s International Program facilitates and coordinates Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) positions in the Pacific on an ongoing basis. EDO NSW helps the AVID program to place skilled Australian volunteers in developing countries and is funded by AusAID.
EDO NSW’s International Program is facilitating the following assignments:
- Legal Officer at the Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights Inc (CELCOR) in PNG. CELCOR is a key legal NGO in the environmental sector in PNG and this position is critical to capacity building for this NGO.
- Legal Officer with the Landowners Advocacy and Legal Support Unit (LALSU) within the Public Solicitor’s Office, Solomon Islands.
- IT Trainer in Kiribati.
- Environmental Education Officer in Kiribati.
Applications for these positions are due 18th December 2012. More information about these and other volunteer positions in the Pacific is available from Austraining International and Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID).
The CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) is recruiting a tenure-track Director of Research (equivalent to Professorial level) in Social and Cultural Anthropology. The general domain of competence is “Environment and Identity in the Pacific”. Read more at this opportunity (Position number: 38/02) on the CNRS job site: http://gestionoffres.dsi.cnrs.fr/fo/offres/detail-fr.php?&offre_id=135 .
Women Leadership in Peacebuilding Program 2013 Academic Scholarship (deadline for applications extended)
The Pacific Institute has just received news from The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) that the deadline has been extended on applications for The Women Leadership in Peacebuilding Program 2013 Academic Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to meet all of the costs associated with the completion of a Graduate Certificate in Peacebuilding at the Center for Justice and Peace Building (CJP) in Eastern Mennonite University (Virginia) in the USA. There is no official application form – applicants are required to submit the following documents to Lita Stolz (firstname.lastname@example.org) at PCP by or before 15 December 2012;
- Two letters of recommendation in support of the applicant
- Official university transcripts (if the applicant has completed tertiary study)
- Current resume or CV of applicant
- Two page essay outlining why the applicant is interested in the program and how she hopes to use the degree
- For those who have not completed any undergraduate studies who wish to apply, a 4 -5 page essay is required which should explain how the applicant’s life experiences have prepared her for graduate-level study.
EuropeAid has issued a call for proposals for ‘Supporting culture as a vector of democracy and economic growth’ under the EU thematic programme Investing in People. Deadline for submission of concept notes is 18 December 2012. The call includes two lots with the following specific objectives:
- Lot 1: Encourage cultural expressions which promote diversity, intercultural dialogue and human and cultural rights, in the context of reconciliation, conflict resolution and democratisation
- Lot 2: Strengthen capacities of cultural actors for the development of a dynamic cultural sector contributing to economic growth and sustainable development
Full documentation is available on the EuropeAid website call ref. 133529. Most individuals and non-government organisations in Pacific islands nations and territories are eligible to apply (consult the list of beneficiary countries or territories).
This senior role will contribute to Wildlife Conservation Society’s conservation program, including overseeing a climate change adaptation and a REDD+ readiness projects in Manus Province [read more].
“We are very pleased to be able to announce new research opportunities at Devpolicy for emerging scholars of PNG and the Pacific. With funding generously provided by an anonymous donor, we are able to invite applications to become a Greg Taylor Scholar. Becoming a Greg Taylor scholar will entitle the successful applicant to undertake research at the ANU Crawford School as part of the Development Policy Centre for a period of 2 to 3 months on a topic relating to the economic development of PNG and the Pacific. The fellowship will cover your travel and living costs. Applications are invited from students already studying at the ANU or elsewhere in Australia, and from new and emerging scholars in the area of economics in the Pacific and PNG. Please send your CV and a cover letter indicating possible areas of research interest as well as any queries to Macarena.Rojas@anu.edu.au. Timing is flexible.
The scholarships are named in honour of Greg Taylor AO, whose former positions include: Executive Director of the IMF for both Australia and PNG, Secretary of various Australian Government Departments, advisor to the PNG Treasury Secretary, Chairman of the PNG Superannuation Task Force, and a Director of PNG’s largest superannuation fund.”
Please note that changes to the submission deadline (now 15 December 2012) and additional information for applicants is on a more recent post to Outrigger.
The Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) is offering (16) scholarships to qualified women from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, West Papua, Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu, to attend the “Women’s Peace Leadership Academic Cohort Program” (WPLP) offered in collaboration with the Center for Justice and Peace Building (CJP) in Eastern Mennonite University (Virginia) in the USA. (more…)
The Pacific Institute at the ANU would like to recognise the significant effort of all academic and support staff who participated in ARC rounds in 2012 and congratulate all recipients of ARC Discovery Early Career Research Awards and ARC Discovery Awards for 2013. This post lists recipients of these ARC awards with research of specific relevance to Pacific island nations [text below is adapted from the ARC website]:
Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA):
Bode, Dr Michael (Melb)
Understanding the ecological and economic implications of reef fish larval dispersal
Until we understand larval dispersal, the movement of reef fish during their juvenile stage, we cannot sustainably manage coral reef ecosystems. This project will use sophisticated mathematical tools to understand how larval dispersal influences the ecology and management of the Great Barrier Reef and a fishery in Papua New Guinea.
Flexner, Dr James L (ANU)
Mission archaeology and colonial encounters in Southern Vanuatu
The remains of Christian missions in southern Vanuatu are important heritage sites for local communities, and for their place in world history as part of one of the final frontiers of European colonialism. This project explores these sites to produce a new picture of everyday life that includes the perspectives of missionaries and native people.
George, Dr Nicole L (UQ)
Gender violence, women’s empowerment and human rights in Melanesia: exploring the
This project examines the varied prevalence and acceptance of gender violence in Francophone and Anglophone Melanesian countries. It challenges the predominant view that the promotion of women’s human rights ideals, in isolation from broader empowerment strategies, will encourage women to resist their exposure to this violence.
Reepmeyer, Dr Christian H (ANU)
Foundations of Island Southeast Asian maritime interaction: unravelling cause and
consequence for the transformation of past societies
The successful spread of Neolithic innovations across the world was one of the most important transformations in human history. This project combines the geochemical and technological analysis of stone tools to track the evolution of maritime colonisation in Island Southeast Asia, the foundation for the success of agriculture in this region. [NB: Christian notes that his research will seek evidence of social interaction in the immediate pre-Neolithic period in insular Southeast Asia and as such it has immediate significance for Lapita colonisation movements throughout the Southwest Pacific.]
Worthy, Dr Trevor H (Adel)
Evolution, breeding biology and extinction of giant fowl in Australia and the Southwest
New investigation of the extinct giant flightless Australian mihirungs and similar giant fowl of Oceania by analysis of fossils will reveal their relationships and resolve the evolutionary history of fowl globally. This project will provide insight into breeding strategies of these fossil species and the causes and impacts of their extinction.
Aikhenvald, Prof Alexandra Y; Prof R M Dixon, Prof L de Vries, Prof W F Adelaar (JCU)
How languages differ and why
When languages interact, they become similar in certain ways. This project will explore the reasons for this, by examining why there are many languages of diverse structures in certain regions, focussing on New Guinea, Amazonia and north-east Queensland. The project will assist with understanding how language helps and hinders inter-ethnic communication.
David, Dr Bruno (Monash)
Before, during and after Lapita: 5000 years of cultural continuity and transformation at
Caution Bay, southern Papua New Guinea
Australia’s closest Indigenous neighbours in southern Papua New Guinea have long been thought to have been in contact with long-distance seafarers only in the last 2000 years. This project will document recent archaeological findings that are causing a radical rethink of ancestral connections between Australia and southern Papua New Guinea.
Dixon, A/Prof Chris F (UQ)
Black Americans and the Pacific War: African-American encounters with the South Pacific, 1941-1945
This project explores African Americans’ experiences in the Pacific War. By placing Black Americans’ experiences in a racially segregated military culture in the context of European colonisation of the Pacific, it will cast new light on issues of racial and national identity in a region of continuing significance to the United States and Australia.
Fitzpatrick, A/Prof Daniel J; Dr Rebecca J Monson (ANU)
Resilience and vulnerability in property systems: rising sea levels and local relocations in Solomon Islands
This project analyses local relocations caused by rising sea levels in Solomon Islands, in order to support sustainable and inclusive resettlement of displaced persons in their home environments.
Paisley, Dr Fiona K (Griffith)
Worldly encounters: Australian internationalists and the future of world civilization in the twentieth century Pan-Pacific
This project investigates Australian contributions to debate about world citizenship through the role of citizen internationalists in the Pacific and asks what their encounters with a community of peers in the twentieth century reveals about the role of Australia in the history of internationalism in our region and beyond.
Rumsey, Prof Alan; Prof Francesca C Merlan (ANU)
Children’s language learning and the development of intersubjectivity
How do children learn languages? How do they learn to understand the intentions and perspectives of others, and coordinate their own with them? Based on research in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, this project will [help] answer these questions, showing how the two processes are related to each other by studying them in a cross-cultural way.
The Greg Urwin Awards were established in 2008 to honour the memory and legacy of the former Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The Awards are funded by AusAID and co-administered by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and AusAID’s Pacific Leadership Program. (more…)
The Marsden Fund is New Zealand’s official funding body for research (counterpart to the Australian Research Council). On 25 October 2012, the list of recipients of Marsden Fund awards for 2013 was announced. Of the 86 projects that shared in a total funding pool of around NZD 56 million, the following 11 project have an explicitly Pacific focus (including projects focus on New Zealand as a Pacific island nation):
- Boast, Prof Richard (VU, Wellington) – The tenurial revolution in the Pacific and the Americas
- Brown, Dr Deidre (UoA) – Toi te Mana: a history of indigenous art from Aotearoa New Zealand [read a story about this research]
- Ganesh, Assoc Prof Shiv (Waikato) – Activism, technology and organising: transformations in collective action in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Grimes, Dr Arthur (Motu Economic Research Institute) – Testing the validity and robustness of national wellbeing and sustainability measures
- Macinnis-Ng, Dr Cate (UoA) – Ready for climate change? The ecophysiology of New Zealand kauri (Agathis australis) forests [read more]
- Moewaka-Barnes, Assoc Prof Helen (Massey) – Affective practice, identity and wellbeing in Aotearoa
- Ratuva, Dr Steven (UoA) Rethinking future security: exploring the nexus between state-based and indigenous security systems in the Pacific
- Scheyvens, Prof. Regina (Massey) – Harnessing the power of business: the contested involvement of corporations in community development initiatives in the Pacific [read about the project, or the PhD scholarships it will fund]
- Wevers, Prof Lydia (VU, Wellington) – The history of reading in colonial New Zealand and Australia
- Whaanga, Dr Hemi (Waikato) – He rongo i te reo rauriki, i te reo reiuru: whakatauki and conservation of biodiversity in Aotearoa [read more]
- Young, Dr Jason (VU, Wellington) – Investing in rural China: New Zealand agribusiness and the local global nexus [read more].
Entries to the Gunson Essay Prize in Pacific History are due by or before 1 November 2012. Postgraduate students from any country are invited to submit an essay in English between 5,000-8,000 words on any topic relating to Pacific pasts. Essays should be submitted by email to email@example.com. The prize of AUD$1000 will be announced at the Pacific History Association Conference, Victoria University, Wellington, 6 -8 December 2012.
The Gunson Essay Prize in Pacific History aims to promote the work of scholars at the early stages of their research. For any further details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat) is seeking proposals for cultural cooperation projects at intra-ACP wide level to (i) reinforce the creation and production of cultural goods and services in the ACP States in an integrated approach with distribution circuits; (ii) improve access of ACP cultural goods and services to local, regional, intra-ACP, European and international markets; (iii) strengthen capacities of cultural stakeholders, operators and entrepreneurs in the ACP States; (iv) help improve the regulatory environment of the culture sector in ACP States. (more…)
Applications are now sought for an assistant professor position in the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
School of Media and Communication, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia)
Application deadline: 31 October 2012. (more…)
The new Climate Science Center for the Pacific Islands has been established at the University of Hawai’i Manoa Campus. The Inaugural Lecture of the PICSC, “Navigating Change: Climate Science and Collaboration in the Pacific”, will be given at 1:30pm on the 26 October in the Kuykendall Auditorium. For more information about the PICSC and relate job opportunities, visit the new webpages for the PICSC at the website of the US Department of the Interior. The PICSC is a partner of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Coorperative.
Three editorial positions for the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (USP Emalus Campus, Port Vila) have now been advertised regionally. Three other positions for PacLII administrative assistants will be advertised shortly. All of these positions will be available from January 2013 when current contracts expire to end June 2015 when the current funding agreement expires. These and other USP job opportunities may be viewed and applied for online at http://sols.usp.ac.fj/kiosk/pub/vacancies.pl.
On 15th September, 30 ANU students trekked 13, 25 or 45kms in the Blue Mountains to raise money for community projects in Hatobuilico, Timor Leste. The walk was part of Blue Mountains Friends of Hatobuilico’s ‘Trek for Timor’ fundraising event. Timor Leste celebrated its 10th year of independence this year, yet ranks third in the world for child malnutrition. It is essential that low health and education levels are addressed to ensure future prosperity and peace.
One of our trekkers was lucky enough to visit Timor Leste during recent elections, and spent time visiting the community of Hatobuilico and spent time talking to people who have worked with Blue Mountains Friends of Hatobuilico. We’re fundraising because we are convinced that the money raised will be wisely invested in promoting the long term development and independence of the community, largely through education initiatives.
To donate [it's not too late!] or find out more, please visit www.trekfortimorbm.org.au. You can make a general donation, or donate to any team beginning with ‘Bruce’ for ANU teams. You can also contact organiser Jessica Avalon at email@example.com. The event is being run by the Asia-Pacific Learning Community and Bruce Hall Social Justice Committee.
21-31 January 2013, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) Australia will bring together 100 post-grad students from the Asia-Pacific region to develop skills and forge lasting professional relationships. Combining a 3 day conference, 3 days of field trips and sightseeing around Brisbane, and 4 days of training and workshops, SCCS Australia will provide students a unique and unforgettable experience that will help launch their careers in conservation science. 30 scholarships to cover the full cost of the attendance will be available and offered on the basis of merit and equity. Download a conference flyer or visit the SCCS Australia website.
Call for abstracts: 12th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia Pacific Region (close 15 October)
February 14-16, 2013, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
For information, including financial support for participants, visit the conference website.
The State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Pacific Research Colloquium (PRC) - held for researchers from the Pacific and Timor Leste who are in the early stages of their career. Successful applicants will participate in a 2 week intensive program of research skills building under some of the top Melanesia, Pacific and Timor Leste scholars in Australia. SSGM is offering 12 fully paid scholarships - inclusive of travel and accommodation - to attend the 2 week program on ANU campus, from 28 January – 7 February 2013. You may read a flyer about the Pacific Research Colloquium or download an application form here. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close 21 September. Please note that SSGM aims to promote gender equity in all of its programs and strongly encourages applications from women interested in participating in the PRC.
The Pacific Institute at the ANU would like to recognise the significant effort of all academic and support staff who participated in ARC rounds in 2012 and congratulate all recipients of these awards. This post lists 2012 ARC Laureates and Future Fellows with research of relevance to Pacific Island nations [text adapted from the ARC website. Information on ANU's 2012 ARC Laureates and ANU's 2012 ARC Future Fellows is available elsewhere.]:
ARC Laureates (17 awards from 108 applications – 6 relevant to the Pacific)
Prof. Sue O’Connor (ANU): Sue is the 2012 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow. This Fellowship will help her focus on the earliest colonisation of Island Southeast Asia and investigate modern human dispersal, adaptations and behaviour along the maritime route to Australia… [It] recognises her role in humanities, arts and social sciences and provides her with additional funding to help her mentor women in science.
Prof Eelco Rohling (ANU): The Fellowship will help Eelco improve the understanding of climate and sea-level change on timescales relevant to longer-term planning, by characterising the relationship between past sea-level and ice-volume change and other key climate factors such as temperature and greenhouse gases, and by quantifying how rapidly sea level may adjust to climate change.
Prof. Alexandra Aikhenvald (JCU): Alexandra’s Australian Laureate Fellowship will help her further and expand her work in the area of correlations between languages and cultures, and analysing endangered languages in tropical areas (especially Papua New Guinea). It will also be instrumental in strengthening real linguistics within JCU, Australia and worldwide, and creating a multidisciplinary team of researchers working on gender, with a focus on previously undescribed languages.
Prof. Terence Hughes (JCU): Terry’s project aims to undertake a novel, multi-disciplinary program of research on coral reefs to better understand and avoid dangerous ecological tipping points. This research will cement Australia’s leading contribution to reef science, and will guide the management and sustainable use of ecosystems around the world [including the Coral Triangle].
Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (UQ): Ove’s Australian Laureate Fellowship will allow him to focus on a series of key questions that lie at the heart of understanding how tropical marine ecosystems are likely to change with climate change and ocean acidification.
Prof. Malcolm McCulloch (UWA): Malcolm’s Australian Laureate Fellowship will help him investigate the future of coral reefs and marine calcifiers in response to rising carbon dioxide and ocean acidification. This will enable best-practice adaptive management at local and regional-scales for marine-dependent industries, and provide new hope for some of our greatest natural assets—coral reefs.
ARC Future Fellowships (209 awards from 603 applications – 3 relevant to the Pacific)
Dr Stuart Bedford (ANU): The archaeology of ritual architecture on the islands of Malakula, Vanuatu. This project will define the historical trajectory, function and role of ritual architecture across Malakula, Vanuatu, furnishing crucial comparative data and contributing to debates on the dynamics and manifestations of long-term social change across the Pacific. Contemporary issues such as population growth, land and food security will be addressed.
Prof Jonathon R Barnett (UMelb): The influence of conflict and migration on adaptation. This project will develop and test theories about the ways in which violent conflict and migration influence the capacity to adapt to climate change using case studies from Fiji, Timor-Leste, and Tuvalu.
Assoc. Prof. Michelle T. Ford (USyd): Trade unionism and trade union aid in Indonesia, Malaysia and Timor-Leste. This project will trace flows of trade union aid to Indonesia, Malaysia and Timor Leste and analyses its impact on local labour movements. It will provide valuable information about the trade unions and industrial relations systems of each country, and new insights into the international politics and practice of the international labour movement.
Applications are now open for the $10,000 annual UNDP Asia-Pacific Human Development Academic Fellowship (due 15 September 2012). This year’s theme is Embedding Environmental Concerns into Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth.
“The AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) Funding Round 2012 is now open for the submission of applications [until 21 September]. The ADRAS is a key component of the AusAID Research Strategy 2012-2016, the purpose of which is to improve the quality and effectiveness of Australian aid in developing countries. AusAID promotes fairness, transparency and value for money from our research investment including through the use of competitive mechanisms to fund research…” For more information, visit AusAID’s ADRAS webpage.
Applications for the ANU’s Summer Research Scholarships (SRS) are open from 1-31 August. The scholarship gives Australian and New Zealand residents the opportunity to stretch their academic and personal boundaries by undertaking their own research project during an eight week summer program [read more or apply]. New Zealand citizens and residents may find out more about studying at the ANU in a series of advisory sessions in NZ this week.