Leading strategic research in collaboration with our Pacific Island neighbours
Sustainable Tropical Aquaculture creates livelihood opportunities
Farming pearl oysters, sea cucumbers, clownfish and other high value sea life has the potential to improve the lives of entire Pacific communities.
Enhancing fruit quality
Addressing fruit quality, production and profitability to enhance resilience and livelihoods in the South Pacific
Past, present and future impacts of sea-level changes
How past sea-level changes impacted on societal evolution in island contexts.
The Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) is a multidisciplinary research centre that provides a focal point for the expertise and experience of the many USC academics and researchers conducting research and development projects in the Pacific Islands region.
Research areas include agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, sustainability, heritage, food security, climate change and health. Many projects include local capacity building in scientific and social research, industry and sustainable livelihood development.
In addition to the senior academics based at USC, the University has a number of full-time research staff based in the Pacific. As well as conducting and supervising research, these USC researchers mentor local research students, industry staff and community members.
The Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) works with the people of the Pacific Islands to help them attain their goals and meet their challenges without compromising their independence or diluting their cultural richness.
ACPIR seeks to carry out research into all aspects of Pacific Islands environment and life. ACPIR is currently focused on land, water and people and conducts research that supports livelihood sustainability and economic development.
Meet the team
The three founding ACPIR Directors have each spent decades working with the people of the Pacific Islands and are widely acknowledged as world leaders in their respective fields.
Currently focused on human-environment interactions (past, present and future) in the Pacific Islands, Patrick is a climate scientist and geographer with 30 years experience in the region, including 25 years at the University of the South Pacific where he became Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International).
Specialising in pearl oysters, other marine invertebrates and marine ornamental species, Paul currently leads eight major research projects with over $9 million funding around the development of sustainable tropical aquaculture industries and livelihoods in coastal communities throughout the Pacific.
With a research focus on food security, poverty alleviation and livelihood development outcomes, Steven has over 25 years experience working in the Pacific. Specialising in post-harvest handling and quality management systems, supply chain development is at the heart of his current projects with around $15 million worth of research funding.
14 July 2016
USC gains $660,000 contract for Pacific scholarship scheme
The University of the Sunshine Coast has strengthened its presence in the Pacific Islands with the launch of a major scholarship program funded by a $660,000 Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research contract.
24 May 2016
$2.3 million grant for USC Pacific fruit project
A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher hopes to improve the health of Pacific Islanders with the launch of a major research project into tropical fruit production.
30 March 2016
USC launches Centre for Pacific Islands Research
The University of the Sunshine Coast is about to launch an Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) to help create a positive difference in the Pacific Islands region.
23 March 2016
USC project helps Fijian farmers, tourism, economy
A University of the Sunshine Coast-led research project in the Pacific Islands has received another Australian Government grant to help Fijian vegetable farmers better supply their country’s tourist resorts and hotels.
17 March 2016
Indigenous history research breaks records
A University of the Sunshine Coast research paper on Indigenous oral histories has set a new readership record for articles published by the prestigious academic journal Australian Geographer.
18 January 2016
Mariculture project awarded $1.7m grant
Farming giant clams, sea cucumbers and clownfish could be a game-changer for the livelihoods of some Pacific Islanders, a University of the Sunshine Coast researcher says.