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Fiji update 2009

Brisbane Update

Friday 14 August
Fiji Update




David Hegarty
David has combined an academic and public policy career specialising in politics, development and security in the Pacific Islands region. He was Convenor of the research and outreach program – State, Society & Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) – at the Australian National University from1999 to 2008. He has held positions in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (including as Australian High Commissioner to Samoa), in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as an advisor to a former Minister for Trade and Overseas Development. He is currently a Visiting Fellow with SSGM and has continuing writing and research interests in political development and change in the South Pacific.

Steven Ratuva
Dr Steven Ratuva recently joined the Center for Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland. He is a former Head of Sociology at the University of the South Pacific and former Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He has also been a consultant for a number of international organizations such as the UNDP, Pacific Island Forum and Asian Development Bank. His areas of scholarly interest are in political governance, political conflict, peace studies, security and development. Over the years he has written papers on the Fiji military coups.   

Jone Baledrokadroka
Jone is a visiting fellow and a PhD student in politics at Australian National University’s State, Society Governance in Melanesia programme. He is a former Colonel in the Fiji Army having served as Chief of staff and Land Force Commander in January of 2006.
He holds a masters in strategic studies from Deakin University and a post graduate diploma in strategy and defence from University Malaya. Jone is also a fellow of the Australian Defence College, the Australia Army’s Land Warfare Study Centre Canberra, the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies Hawaii and the US Naval postgraduate school Monterey California.

Jon Fraenkel
Jon Fraenkel is a Senior Research Fellow in the State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program, in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He is author of The Manipulation of Custom; from uprising to intervention in the Solomon Islands and recently co-edited The 2006 Military Takeover in Fiji; A coup to end all coups? His current research work focuses contemporary Pacific politics, economic history of Oceania, electoral systems in Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Nauru and women’s representation in the Pacific Islands.

Peter Larmour
Peter is a Reader in the Public Policy and Governance program at The Australian National University. He is currently doing research on anti-corruption policies and improving the effectiveness of aid. Peter also teaches a number of courses on corruption, anti-corruption, and public sector management. He has written widely on politics and government in the Pacific. His PhD was on land policy in Melanesia and he taught at the University of Papua New Guinea during the 1980s.

Graham Hassall
Graham is Professor of Governance at the School of Governance and Development Studies at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands.  He completed his undergraduate studies in history and in education at the University of Sydney and Alexander Mackie CAE, and his PhD in Pacific history at the Australian National University.  From 1990 to 2000 he was director of the Asia Pacific Program at the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the University of Melbourne.  He has also taught in Papua New Guinea and Switzerland.  He has been a consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat, Papua New Guinea Constitutional Review Commission, United Nations Development Program, and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Kalara McGregor
Kalara is a Design Tutor in the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering at the Queensland University of Technology, and an Associate with Earth Systems Ltd. Kalara has a background in landscape architecture and environmental policy. Kalara has worked in Fiji in project management, urban design and environmental education capacities.

Renuka Mahadevan
Renuka is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland. She has a strong background in applied empirical and economic policy analysis dealing with issues in the Asia Pacific region, on macroeconomics, international trade and development, productivity growth, food security, poverty and income inequality, agricultural reform and the environment.  Extensively published, Renuka is the author/co-author of five books and a substantial portfolio of journal articles. She is also a skilled trainer and presenter with a wide range of experience dealing with people at the grass root level, community stakeholders, industry experts, and academics.

Ron Duncan
Ron is a Professor Emeritus of the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. He is Editor of the Asian-Pacific Economic Literature journal and Joint Editor of the Pacific Economic Bulletin. Ron’s previous role was as Foundation Executive Director of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance at the University of the South Pacific.

Andrew McGregor
Andrew holds a PhD from Cornell University. He is an economist specialising in the Pacific islands agriculture and rural development. Over the past 35 years, Andrew has worked in most Pacific island countries, and also in the eastern Caribbean and Hawaii. He is now based in Fiji, where he manages the Trade and Development Office. For the last 4 years Andrew has been a rural development advisor to AusAID.


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