Poverty is currently being widely debated in Fiji. Here a research-based viewpoint in the Fiji Times.
In Fiji, income poverty and consumption poverty have been widely debated. Poverty research shows that there is a need to shift to a broader understanding of poverty as a multidimensional, beyond economic poverty. Furthermore, there is a need to consider relative poverty and inequalities in the wider Pacific Islands region.
Read more in my EADI blog: http://www.developmentresearch.eu/?p=1244.
"Definitions of concepts such as ‘poverty’ and ‘inequality’ may seem an ivory tower exercise. Yet, the way in which poverty is defined matters in the real world."https://t.co/0hZ4flsMVK
— EADI (@EADI) June 21, 2022
Why does the University of the South Pacific (USP) not offer anthropology as a study programme? This paper in The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA) investigates for the first time anthropology’s past and present status at USP.
Anthropology at the University of the South Pacific: From past dynamics to present perceptions
The Pacific Island region is a key context in the history of anthropology. Yet, while much has been written about how anthropology of the Pacific Islands contributed to Anglo‐American anthropology, the discipline’s institutional history in the Pacific Islands has received very little attention. This paper is the first to explore the history of anthropology at the University of the South Pacific (USP). Research findings demonstrate that anthropology lacked practical meaning in an institution established to modernise Pacific Island states. Fieldwork conducted at USP suggests that current perceptions of anthropology held by academic staff are strongly linked to the discipline’s classic era. I argue that the anti‐colonial version of the Pacific Way from the 1970s onward, coupled with the hegemony of political economist and anti‐culturalist approaches among the USP teaching staff in the 1980s, inhibited a meaningful engagement with the Writing Culture debate at USP. This may explain why there has been little influence by the discipline’s postmodern transformation over the past thirty years on current perceptions of anthropology at USP.
Reference: Kessler KA. Anthropology at the University of the South Pacific: From past dynamics to present perceptions. Aust J Anthropol. 2021;00:1–21. https://doi. org/10.1111/taja.12388
Many thanks to all research participants!
New publication forthcoming in The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA) on the history of anthropology at the University of the South Pacific (USP)…
DevNet 2020 Conference Awards: Kim Kessler was awarded best PhD presentation.
More DevNet highlights. Congratulations to Kim Kessler on being awarded best PhD presentation. And our staff members were also in full flight conveying their research findings at the conference. #DevNet2020 #phdlife #developmentresearch #geography pic.twitter.com/ZwE0hoGqcG
— Otago Uni Geography (@GeographyOtago) December 4, 2020
The Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DevNet) 2020 Conference is on at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Geography #PhD candidates Sargam Gounder and Kim Kessler presented at the #DevNet #Conference in Palmerston North today. Good to see several of our PhD students presenting at a variety of conferences over the last month. #DevNet2020 pic.twitter.com/bef8tWya67
— Otago Uni Geography (@GeographyOtago) December 2, 2020
Approach: A Case Study of Post-Disaster Management after Cyclone Pam (March 2015) is conducted in Vanuatu.
Goal: This research project looks into natural hazards in the Pacific Island region, concentrating on Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. Cyclone Pam has been one of the worst natural hazards that ever hit the Pacific Island region. More than a quarter of the country’s population had to seek protection in emergency shelters and standing crops in the fields were destroyed to more than 95 percent. More than 166,000 people – which is more than 60 percent of the country’s population – were in need of food distribution.
Fieldwork: This is a collaborative research project by the University of the South Pacific. In June 2018, I conducted research in several villages on Tanna Island. My part of the research focusses on two main researach questions:
1) What are Tannese peoples’ most urgent needs three years after cyclone Pam?
2) What role does traditional housing play in disaster risk reduction?
In January 2018, Dr Frank Thomas and Dr Manoranjan Mohanty went for research to Vanuatu to investigate generally into knowledge and practice regarding to disaster risk reduction (Dr Thomas) and the policy environment (Dr Mohanty). In 2017, Dr Eberhard Weber conducted fieldwork on traditional cyclone shelters.
I am currenty working on my thesis with the working title:
Development Thinking in Small Pacific Islands: The Case of Ma’uke, Cook Islands.
I am currently working on the following resarch project:
Rural Development Practices in Pacific Outer Islands: Perspectives from Mauke in the Cook Islands.