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Fiji update 2009

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Tuesday 11 August
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  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.

  The Hon. Duncan Kerr SC, MP


Duncan Kerr SC has been the Federal member for Denison in Tasmania since 1987. In the Keating Government he held the positions of Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, later serving in the shadow ministry before being appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs in November 2007. Before his election to parliament Duncan practised as a barrister and has served as Crown Counsel for Tasmania and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of PNG.

  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.

  Robert Norton


Robert is Senior Research Fellow (honorary) in the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney. Has been studying the politics of race and ethnicity in Fiji since 1966 and is the author of "Race and Politics in Fiji"  -  the first book-length analysis of Fiji as a national society. Robert has published numerous papers on aspects of Fiji's politics up to the present. His other research interests include social and political change in Samoa and Tonga.

  Richard Herr


Richard taught at the University of Tasmania for more than thirty-five years and has held a variety of positions including Head of Department before he thought he retired in July 2008.  He now holds a Senior Lectureship in the Faculty of Law as well as an Honorary Research Associate’s position in the School of Government at the University of Tasmania.   He is currently also an adjunct professor at both the University of Fiji and at the Fiji Institute of Technology.  He earned a PhD in Political Science from Duke University in the United States and, during his academic career, he has published extensively on aspects of South Pacific affairs, Antarctic politics, parliamentary democracy, elections, and marine resource policy.

  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.

  Katerina Martina Teaiwa


Katerina is from Fiji and is Pacific Studies Convener at the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific running the teaching program. Her research focuses on cultural policy and cultural industries in the independent Pacific; cultural approaches to Pacific regionalism; the Pacific diaspora; and phosphate mining history and culture in Kiribati and Fiji. She is a consultant with UNESCO on intercultural dialogue and sustainable development, and Austraining International and ANU Enterprises on the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program.

  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.


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