- 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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Edited by David Hegarty and Darrell Tryon. This publication, Volume 7 in the Studies in State and Society in the Pacific series, is now available in PDF View Online ePub mobi or print copy formats from ANU Epress.
“The chapters in this volume canvass political change and development across the Pacific Islands from a variety of perspectives, each contributing to the analysis of a region growing in complexity and in confidence. They fall neatly into three sections: Oceania and its Inheritance; Oceania – Current Needs and Challenges; and Oceania and its Wider Setting.
The new states of the Pacific have demonstrated considerable resilience, and in many cases, an extraordinary capacity to bounce back from difficulty and to maintain optimism for the future. The continuing professionalisation of public management across the region is building on that tradition. The growth of civil society organisations is also beginning to play a positive role in policy and implementation. Donors are becoming more coherent in their strategies, more attuned to the realities of generating development outcomes in small island states, and are beginning to acknowledge and map progress.
This book explores these themes of governance, development and security that signal both continuity and change in the Pacific’s pattern of islands.”
“ECOPAS (European Consortium for Pacific Studies) is a new multidisciplinary project in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) funded by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme (Dec. 2012 – Dec. 2015). It is designed to provide coordination and support to research and policy communities on issues connected to climate change and related processes in the Pacific Islands region, in order to define better options for sustainable development.
ECOPAS aims to restore the human dimension to climate change. The Pacific is notable for the discrepancy between the contribution of its small economies to global climate change, and the severity of climate change effects experienced by its peoples. Linkages developed by ECOPAS between research networks and policy interfaces will contribute to more context-sensitive EU external action, and will set a future research agenda for social science and humanities in the Pacific. ECOPAS is the first-ever network to develop extensive, durable collaboration in the social sciences and humanities between European and Pacific scholarly institutions, as well as between research institutions and local, national and international political agencies. While the emphasis of ECOPAS is on developing a long-term strategy for SSH research on the Pacific, strong links are also forged with climate research in the natural sciences, both at Pacific and European institutions institutions.
Built on seven interrelated and complementary Work Packages, the ECOPAS Work Programme aims to define and strengthen the potential of European research in the Pacific by creating a platform and portal for knowledge exchanges, a long-term plan for capacity building both in Europe and the Pacific, and a strategic plan for Pacific state and non-state involvement. The close involvement of major Pacific institutions, and the linkages with diplomacy and regional organisations developed by ECOPAS, will provide for a process of policy reorientation informed by Pacific perspectives and experiences. ECOPAS participants are four European university centres of excellence on Pacific research, in Norway, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands (BPS – Bergen, CREDO – Aix-Marseille, CPS – St. Andrews and CPAS – Nijmegen), and two major Pacific institutions of research, education and policy (the University of the South Pacific – Fiji and the National Research Institute – Papua New Guinea).
The ECOPAS web site is at: www.pacific-studies.eu. For further information, contact ECOPAS Coordinator (Professor Edvard Hviding) or ECOPAS Administrator (Ms Eilin Holtan Torgersen) at email@example.com.”
This post reproduced from the latest PaceNET Newsletter.
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).
“A meeting of vice-chancellors and senior level representatives of interested universities and stakeholders was held at the University of the South Pacific (Suva) from 5-7 November 2012 to discuss the formation of a network of universities from the Pacific Island countries and territories to support intra- and inter- regional knowledge creation and sharing, and to prepare succinct recommendations for the development of a regional Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Policy framework.
Recognizing the benefits of a regional science and technology framework to strengthen national and regional agendas, the delegates discussed the capacity of universities to contribute to a collaborative network which would help foster research links and strengthen the policy processes in the region. Potential identified benefits from establishing a universities’ research network included a capacity to:
- Generate new knowledge for addressing priority challenges in the Pacific region.
- Share physical and intellectual resources to facilitate quality research.
- Strengthen scientific research content in the curriculum and in teaching.
- Develop shared research training initiatives.
- Collectively work with regional and international organizations to strengthen the quantity and quality of research conducted in fields of major importance.
- Protect and build on local and indigenous knowledge systems in research programmes.
- Provide ST&I policy advice at the regional and national level.
The meeting resolved:
That a Pacific Islands Universities Research Network (PIURN) be established with the principal purpose of building upon the quality educational capacity of these universities, for enhancing research and development collaboration in science, technology and innovation, to better serve the needs and aspirations of Pacific communities. To seek prominent inclusion of ST&I initiatives in the updated Pacific Plan and to further advance the development of the regional ST&I policy framework.
To successfully implement these resolutions, the meeting agreed to:
- Appoint Jito Vanualailai, Associate Professor and Director of Research, University of the South Pacific, as the Interim Coordinator of the network.
- Appoint Anne Rouault, Head of Research Administration, University of New Caledonia, as the Assistant Interim Coordinator of the network.
- Form a PIURN secretariat that will be hosted by the University of the South Pacific for three years in the first instance.
- Establish a PIURN working group of ten prospective university representatives to formulate the terms of reference and operational structure for the network in partnership with relevant national, regional and international organizations.
The working group is expected to report to prospective member universities within a 6-month period. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org“ [Note: This test is taken from the PACE-Net website and the PIURN initiative is supported by the PACE-NET+ programme of collaboration between the European Union and Pacific Islands countries and territories.]
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…)
16-17 October 2012, ANU Centre for European Studies, Canberra
The École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Canberra (EHESS @ ANU) and the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and ANU Centre for European Studies are hosting this two-day symposium to provide an opportunity for dialogue between Francophone and Anglophone researchers in the Pacific.
On day one, the EHESS @ ANU will host “France in the Pacific: an update”, discussing the current political, judicial, and economic situation, in the three French collectivities of the South Pacific. Later in the day the Centre for European Studies and the EHESS @ ANU will co-host “Europe in the Pacific”, focusing on expectations for relations with Europe from a Pacific perspective.
On day two, the State Society & Governance in Melanesia Program in partnership with the ANU Centre for European Studies, the Centre for Democratic Institutions and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Canberra (EHESS @ ANU) will host a Colloquium titled “ A Changing Oceania”.
This event is free and open to the public. Please register for this event and note that registrations close Wednesday 10 October, 2012. For more information, please view the conference flyer and draft program.
Applications for Marie Curie IIFs are accepted from researchers in the Pacific region. For more information about the scheme, visit the EU Research and Innovation Portal.
The Council of The European Union has released its conclusions on the Joint Communication to the European Parliament, The Council, The European Economic and Social Committee and The Committee of the Regions. Read The Council conclusions on a renewed EU-Pacific Development Partnership here. A roundtable discussion on this EU-Pacific partnership was recently hosted by the University of Auckland (12 June).
Ahead of Rio+20: Climate change and sustainable development to be discussed at the EU-Pacific Islands Forum meeting
The Orientation Paper 2013 for FP7 Cooperation Theme has been published on the Participants' Portal (it is published on this page, http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/fp7_documentation under the category: Orientation Paper 2013) [read more].
11-15 June, 2012. Port Vila, Vanuatu [see http://acpeuvanuatu2012.org]
11.00am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 22 May 2012
ANU Centre for European Studies,
1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra
Europe has a long and continuing history with the Pacific. You are invited to a panel discussion on political and social change in the Pacific. How is Europe navigating its way in the new Pacific? What is at stake for Pacific nations? Panel Members include:
- His Excellency Mr David Daly, Ambassador of the EU to Australia and NZ;
- His Excellency Dr Hannes Porias, Ambassador of Austria to Australia;
- His Excellency Mr Lemalu Tate Simi, High Commissioner of Samoa to Australia;
- Prof. Serge Tcherkézoff, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Socials (EHESS) and Visiting Professor in the College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU; and
- Prof. Darrell Tryon, Emeritus Professor, CHL, CAP, ANU.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - PRESS RELEASE [read more].
by Prof Ian White, Fenner School of Environment and Society, CMBE, ANU.
PACE-Net is a three-year coordination action, supported by the Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission. The main goal of PACE-Net is to strengthen bi-regional sustainable dialogue on Science and Technology between Europe and the Pacific. The ANU, UPNG and USP are partners in the PACE-Net Consortium.
The first PACE-Net Key Stakeholder Conference in Brisbane in July 2011 had identified Health Priorities in the Pacific in relation to climate change and emerging diseases as a key research area. The second PACE-Net Key Stakeholder Conference, on Strengthening Pacific-European Collaboration in Research, Development, and Innovation was held in Brussels from 20 – 23 March 2012. The conference included:
- Presentations of funding opportunities for networking with the Pacific;
- Thematic workshops on climate change in relation to research, development & innovation policies in the Pacific in the areas of Water, Agriculture/Forestry, Natural Hazards, Fisheries, and also Mid-Term Research, Development and Innovation Policies; and
- A high level policy dialogue to discuss priority research, development, and innovation, issues identified in the workshops and possible interactions with European funding organizations.
The second Conference attracted increased representation from Pacific regional organisations including SPC, SPC-SOPAC, SPREP, USP, as well as IRD, IFREMER, UNESCO Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge Division, UPNG, ANU, the European Commission, a range of European Universities and Organisations and country representatives and missions to the EU including Tuvalu, Australia and New Zealand. Pacific participants were drawn from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Australia.
The facilitated thematic workshops were a real success and allowed the views and priorities of Pacific Island Countries to be clearly heard. One of the issues raised at the high level dialog was that unlike the Amazonian rain forests, the Pacific is almost below the radar in Europe. A major challenge thrown out to the Conference was to increase European awareness of urgency of the global issues faced in the Pacific. Two other difficulties raised were the absence of Regional Science and Technology Policy in the Pacific and the mismatch of scale between very large European research projects and research in Pacific Island Countries.
These are issues which will need to be addressed before the third PACE-Net Stakeholder Conference to be held in at USP in Suva, Fiji on 11-15 March 2013. For this Conference the policy briefs from the thematic workshops will need to be refined and the aims of PACE-Net and the third Conference more clearly specified in order to persuade Pacific Island Countries of its relevance.