The social and political effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji: recent research perspectives
This research brief summarises three recent publications that analyse some of the social and political effects of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji.
Being the first: women leaders in the Pacific Islands
Recent policy and academic writing on women in the Pacific has focused on the barriers women in the region experience when seeking to participate in formal politics. This paper contributes to the small body of work that seeks to explain how some women defy these...
The emergent middle classes in Timor-Leste and Melanesia: conceptual issues and developmental significance
The concept of an emerging middle class provides a useful entry point for understanding significant developmental and political transformations in Timor-Leste and Melanesia and is important for informing development policies. Overview The emergence of a middle class has been identified as an important factor driving...
The formal, the informal, and the precarious: making a living in urban Papua New Guinea
Overview: For many Papua New Guineans, the dominant accounts of ‘the economy’ – contained within development reports, government documents and the media – do not adequately reflect their experiences of making a living. Large-scale resource extraction, the private sector, export cash cropping and wage employment...