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90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs
Queensland 4556

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Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research
UniSC Sunshine Coast

Locked Bag 4
Maroochydore BC
Queensland 4558


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Core Researchers




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)

John Grogan

Migration with Dignity: Kiribati Climate change/justice Exodus

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

Eliza Kitchener

Investigating maternal folate intake, availability, and the impacts of deficiency in Vanuatu
  • Dr Inez Mahony - Centre Manager
  • Dr Linda Wess - Program Coordinator PASS-CR Program 
  • Gail Wilkins - Pacific Capacity Building Project Officer PASS-CR Program 
  • Brittany McGarry - Communications Officer
  • Tara Johnstone - Horticulture
  • Dawn Southgate - Tropical Aquaculture ACIAR Project Support
  • Monica Smith - Engagement Coordinator
  • Melanie Harris - Engagement Coordinator
  • Moana Krause - President, UniSC Pasifika Association