Journal article

Melanesian tok stori in leadership development: Ontological and relational implications for donor-funded programmes in the Western Pacific

In the Western Pacific, Melanesia has been host to donor-funded leadership programs based on non-Melanesian thought and practice over the years. This article provides a counter-story of a donor-funded leadership programme which utilizes a readily available cultural model of thought and practice of Indigenous origin.
Report

Violence against women in Melanesia and East Timor

Violence against women is a serious global problem, affecting all countries of the world, including Australia. It has significant human rights dimensions, causing trauma to women, families and communities. It is both a symptom and a cause of gender inequality and discrimination. Violence against women...
Journal article

Fiscal‐food policies are likely misinformed by biased price elasticities from household surveys: evidence from Melanesia

Fiscal‐food policies use taxes to alter relative food prices so as to change diets and are suggested for reducing non‐communicable diseases in the Pacific. Price elasticity estimates used by advocates of fiscal‐food policies are often biased and may make policy makers too optimistic about small...
Journal article

Ecosystem-based adaptation in marine ecosystems of tropical Oceania in response to climate change

Tropical Oceania, including Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia and northern Australia, is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. Climate change impacts have already occurred in the region and will become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and people. Climate projections indicate that sea...
Evaluation

Rights to Information and Participatory Democracy Project in Nauru and Melanesia: project review report

This review of the pilot project is for accountability and learning purposes and to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of project activities. The specific objectives are to: (a) build knowledge and understanding of the project to date, including outcomes and impacts (b) assess whether the...
Discussion paper

Exchange Rate Volatility and Choice of Anchor Currency - Prospects for a Melanesian Currency Union

This paper investigates an appropriate choice of anchor currency for a proposed Melanesian currency union under various hypothetical currency union arrangements. Drawing from the optimal currency area (OCA) theory and related extensions, the analysis focuses on the effects of a currency union on exchange rate...
Discussion paper

New pathways across old terrain? SSGM research on resources, conflict and justice

Melanesia is characterised by complex interactions among land and natural resource uses, legal and political institutions, and interest groups. These interactions play out at the national level, where institutions have been profoundly shaped by an interplay of ‘local’ and ‘global’ orders and by the political...
Report

Melanesia: climate change, and food and water security

Summary Melanesia, the biggest sub-region in the South Pacific, includes Papua New Guinea (PNG), Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru and New Caledonia. Due to its geographical proximity, Melanesia is Australia’s immediate neighbour and is fundamental to regional stability, a major strategic interest for Australia.
Report

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...
Book

Talking it through: responses to sorcery and witchcraft beliefs and practices in Melanesia

Provides insights both into how sorcery and witchcraft practices and beliefs are playing out in contemporary Melanesia, and also the types of interventions that are being trialled or debated to address the problems associated with them. Introduction