An economic training and research institute within USP
My expertise is in post colonial development with a particular specialism in the Asia -Pacific region. My research interests are in development theory, the role of the state in development, social development, poverty and poverty reduction, land tenure, migration and ethnicity, aid and development, higher education and development conflict.
Professional/ Work Experience:
My background is in university based teaching, research and administration and as a NGO activist and a consultant. I have been Professor of Development Studies and Director of the Centre for Development Studies at the University of the South Pacific (USP)where I have also served as Head of School of Social and Economic Development and as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic). I have worked with a number of NGOs in Fiji including the Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF), Eumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA)and the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC). I have also served in Fiji government commissions on poverty, consitituency boundaries and legal aid. I have consulted with UN agencies on social development, poverty, MDGs and human development (in Timor Leste).
Immediate past Chair of Asia Pacific Migration Research Network (APMRN), member of the International Council for the Study of Pacific Islands (ICSPI), Research, member of Oceania Development Network (ODN), member of steering committee of Development Studies Network of New Zeland (DevNET) and member of editorial boards of Asia-Pacific Viewpoint and Indentity International journal of theory and research.