New information following the change in COVID-19 alert levels.

Dr Apisalome Movono staff profile picture

Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 86384

Dr Apisalome Movono

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Development Studies

School of People, Environment and Planning

Apisalome is the co-founder of the Laucala Beach Sustainability Society which works for the restoration and protection of the Laucala Beach Ring-Ditch Fortification site.  Api has authored a number of conference papers, book chapters, and journal articles and was awarded an East-West Centre Fellowship in 2019, and recently completed a World Bank, Pacific Ocean Finance Fellowship in March 2020. The pursuit of attaining the SDGs is well embedded in his research interests and translates into the work he does. He has the pleasure of working for the people of the South Pacific and his commitment to his region involves researching and promoting development that is fair, resilient, and sustainable for his people and generations to come. His work seeks to create an understanding of Pacific Island people and to find solutions and long-term strategies for the many challenges Pacific Islanders face.

Phone: 06 3569099 ext. 86384


Api’s research focuses on tourism’s social and economic impacts on indigenous Fijian communities. He joined us at Massey University at the start of 2020 after around 10 years serving in various positions at the University of the South Pacific (USP), with a little ‘time out’ to complete his Ph.D. at Griffith University. His Ph.D. research drew on postmodernist techniques and sought to improve our understanding of resilience, sustainable livelihoods, climate change and tourism development amongst indigenous Fijian communities. In 2020, he joined the Development Studies team at Massey University, New Zealand, as a Senior Lecturer.

More about me...View less...

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Ecological impacts, Livelihoods; Tourism development, Coastal communities, Complex Adaptive Systems, Pacific Islands, Sustainable Development, Resilience, Decolonizing Research


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Anthropology (160100):
Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Impacts of Tourism (150601): Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (159900):
Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104): Studies In Human Society (160000):
Tourism (150600)

Research Outputs


Movono, A., & Hughes, E. (2020). Tourism partnerships: localizing the SDG agenda in Fiji. Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
[Journal article]Authored by: Hughes, E., Movono, A.
Movono, A., Cheer, J., Pratt, S., Tolkack, D., Bailey, A., & Taumoepeau, S. (2018). Tourism in Pacific island countries: A status quo round‐up. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies.
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.
Scheyvens, R., & Movono, A. (2018). Development and change: Reflections on tourism in the South Pacific. Development Bulletin. 80, 134-139 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A., Scheyvens, R.
Movono, A., & Becken, S. (2017). Solesolevaki as social capital: a tale of a village, two tribes, and a resort in Fiji. Asia-Pacific Journal of Tourism Research.
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.
Movono, A., & Dahles, H. (2017). Female empowerment and tourism: a focus on businesses in a Fijian village. Asia-Pacific Journal of Tourism Research.
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.
Movono, A., Becken, S., & Dahles, H. (2017). Fijian culture and the environment: a focus on the ecological and social interconnectedness of tourism development. Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.


Movono, A., & Scheyvens, R. (2020). Sun, sand and uncertainty: the promise and peril of a Pacific tourism bubble.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Movono, A., Scheyvens, R.

Consultancy and Languages


  • Indigenous Fijian
    Last used: Recently
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • English
    Last used: Daily
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Media and Links

Other Links

Contact us Mon - Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey