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Thesis title

Bridget Horsey

Exploring food literacy to support preparation and consumption of local, traditional foods in Pacific Island communities

Karis Ramsay

Gender influences on food choice in small island developing states

Loredana Lancini

Environmental crises and local traditions: contemporary and ancient perspectives (based in France)

Daniela Medina Hidalgo

Riding the wave: improving climate change adaptation strategies, while supporting food and nutrition security in the Pacific

John Grogan

Migration with Dignity: Kiribati Climate change/justice Exodus

Christopher Evans

Patterns of Migration in the South Pacific

Melanie Harris

Opportunities for Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EbA) to Climate Change on Tropical Islands: An example from the Palau Islands, Northwest Pacific Ocean

Louisa-Anne Buwalda

Women’s experiences of natural disaster: Ni-Vanuatu women’s voices on their issues and solutions.

Jalasayi Atkinson-Nolte

Cultural components of attitudes towards environmental risk

William Johnston

The economics of pearl farming in the Western Pacific: developmental pathways and impediments in Fiji and Tonga

Nittya Simard

The role of shell handicraft livelihoods for coastal communities in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

Kelly Brown

Regional sea cucumber genetics (based in Fiji)

Shalendra Prasad

Production and Postharvest Handling of Pineapples in Fiji (based in Fiji)

Amalya Harding

Post pandemic opportunities for enhanced food and nutrition security in the tropical Pacific

Zoe Bridge

Climate-Aggravated Barriers to the Recognition of World-Class Tangible Heritage in the Pacific Islands

Courtney Anderson

Understanding university-led international research collaborations and the partnership journey


Monica Smith

Development of an agenda/framework to support and sustain healthier school food environments in the Pacific Islands
  • Dr Inez Mahony - Centre Manager
  • Dr Linda Wess - Program Coordinator 
  • Lisa Ward - Pacific  Capacity Building Project Officer
  • Brittany McGarry - Communications Officer
  • Vicki Wilson - Communications Officer
  • Tara Johnstone - Horticulture
  • Dawn Southgate - Tropical Aquaculture ACIAR Project Support
  • Bridget Horsey - Engagement Coordinator
  • Melanie Harris - Engagement Coordinator
  • Amy Mills - Engagement Coordinator
  • Moana Krause - Secretary, UniSC Pasifika Association