Regional Perspectives Project
This project seeks to gain a greater understanding of perspectives from the Pacific Islands region about key issues related to security and stability, and resilience and vulnerability, defined broadly and framed within a local context.
This project is being led by the University of Adelaide, with a team of researchers based in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Australia. It is funded under a collaborative research agreement with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG).
Initially, the project involves mixed-method longitudinal studies of the attitudes and views of Pacific people in two case study locations: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. These studies will be underpinned by a deep understanding of local context, including, but not limited to, a consideration of relevant political institutions, social structures, networks, norms, and interests.
The project seeks to acknowledge and reinforce local agency, including the framing of key topics/issues within local experiences and perspectives. It has been co-created by researchers based at the University of Adelaide, research partners in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and researchers from the DSTG.
The project is guided by a Cultural Protocol and Data Collection Plan co-developed with our research partners in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. To ensure transparency, the project is also guided by a co-created Communication Plan and this website will be developed and updated as the project progresses.
It is hoped that this project will help the Australian Department of Defence, and more broadly, the Government of Australia, better understand the Pacific Islands region, develop more sustainable and culturally-sensitive engagement strategies, and play its part in creating a safer, fairer, more stable, and prosperous Pacific.
In recognition of the values shared by our project, our team is diverse. The University of Adelaide research team consists of:
- Joanne Wallis, Professor of International Security
- Mamia Koro, Pacific Research Fellow
- Derek Futaiasi, Pacific Research Fellow (from November 2022)
- Two Pacific PhD Fellows
The Solomon Islands-based research is being conducted by a team led by Jennifer Wate, General Secretary of Development Services Exchange, with input from James Cox from Peacifica.
The Vanuatu-based research is being conducted by a team led by Linda Kenni, with input from Associate Professor Tess Newton Cain.
The team also includes researchers from DSTG.
This activity is supported by the Australian Government through a grant by the Australian Department of Defence. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Australian Government or the Australian Department of Defence.