This project will work with a holistic, context-based accountability framework, the Sociology of Worth, and Pacific research methodologies, to explore government and community perspectives on the effectiveness and value of both aid contributions and seasonal migration programs.
Building Resilient Communities
- Antimicrobial Resistance
- Building Community Resilience to Bushfires
- Community Resilience
- Cultural Burning for Resilience
- Cultural Revitalisation
- Disability inclusion and capacity building for emergencies
- Microfinance and Women's Empowerment
- Olivier Ferrer Fund
- Ready for Anything
- Sense Spaces
- Smart Cities for understanding living in Liverpool
- Stories affording pathways to healing
- Stronger Culture, Healthier Lifestyles
- Sustainability in STEM
- Weed management in post-fire landscapes
Aid in the Pacific
Together, the project will explore the ways in which communities access and use funds obtained through these separate streams to build resilience and adaptive capacities in a context of climate change (e.g. via investments in training/education, infrastructure and livelihoods).
Australia and New Zealand are both positioned as key contributors to climate change resilience in Pacific Island countries (PICs) through their foreign aid programs. However, Australia’s aid contributions have been described as disappointing, and are declining due to questionable efficacy.
Seasonal or temporary migration programs underpinned by development objectives, including Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme, offer an alternate income stream into PICs. Seasonal workers, who are growing in number each year, contribute significant financial and social remittances. Emerging research has signalled the potential of such programs’ to contribute to climate change resilience strategies.
The accountability of the growing diversity of aid and development is a long-standing challenge and is vital for efficient and just spending and future resource allocation. However, existing systems do not adequately account for the complexity of economic, social and environmental impacts.
Dr Stephanie Perkiss – Faculty of Business and Law, UOW
Dr. Perkiss is an ECR and a Senior Lecturer in Accounting. The proposed project builds on findings from Dr Perkiss’ PhD thesis. Dr. Perkiss has a long-term research focus on climate change resilience strategy planning in the Pacific Islands. She is currently applying for an ARC DECRA, 2020. Dr Perkiss has experience in case study research and development and use of accountability theory and frameworks. She has connections within the Samoan Government, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE).
Dr Natascha Klocker – Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, UOW
Dr Klocker is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. This project builds on the findings of her earlier ARC DP project (2014), which involved interviewing seasonal workers while in Australia, but did not extend to research in countries of origin. She brings significant expertise in participatory action research and cross-cultural research with bilingual co-researchers and this model will be applied in this project to ensure cultural sensitivity.
Dr Oliva Dun – Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne and honorary research fellow, UOW
Dr Dun is an ECR and a research fellow in human geography. Dr Dun has a background in environmental science, migration studies and international development. She is currently conducting research about migrant involvement in agriculture and ethnically-diverse perspectives on the environment and will soon commence research on an ARC Linkage Project ‘Transformative Human Mobilities in a Changing Climate’ in the Pacific Islands region. Dr Dun has connections within the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pacific Labour Mobility division.
Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem – Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland
Dr Underhill-Sem is an Associate Professor in Development Studies and has just completed a study on labour mobility and its development impacts in the Pacific Underhill, Y., & Marsters, E. (2017). Labour Mobility in the Pacific: a systematic literature review of Development Impacts. She brings significant connections in the Pacific and New Zealand, and expertise in questions of gender and development in the Pacific; alongside postcolonial research approaches. She will work in an advisory capacity.
This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals: