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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.

Email: a.movono@massey.ac.nz
Phone: 06 3569099 ext. 86384

Mobile:0225101135

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.

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

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

Thematics

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 Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs

Journal

Hutchison, B., Movono, A., & Scheyvens, R. (2021). Resetting tourism post-COVID-19: why Indigenous Peoples must be central to the conversation. Tourism Recreation Research.
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A., Scheyvens, R.
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., Dahles, H., & Becken, S. (2018). Fijian culture and the environment: a focus on the ecological and social interconnectedness of tourism development. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 26(3), 451-469
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.
Movono, A., & Becken, S. (2018). Solesolevaki as social capital: a tale of a village, two tribes, and a resort in Fiji. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. 23(2), 146-157
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.
Cheer, JM., Pratt, S., Tolkach, D., Bailey, A., Taumoepeau, S., & Movono, A. (2018). Tourism in Pacific island countries: A status quo round-up. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies. 5(3), 442-461
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.
Movono, A., Cheer, JM., 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. 5(3), 442-461 Retrieved from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/app5.250
[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 https://crawford.anu.edu.au/rmap/devnet/devnet/db-80.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A., Scheyvens, R.
Movono, A., & Dahles, H. (2017). Female empowerment and tourism: a focus on businesses in a Fijian village. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. 22(6), 681-692
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.
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.
Pratt, S., McCabe, S., & Movono, A. (2016). Gross happiness of a 'tourism' village in Fiji. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management. 5(1), 26-35
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.
Pratt, S., Gibson, D., & Movono, A. (2013). Tribal Tourism in Fiji: An Application and Extension of Smith's 4Hs of Indigenous Tourism. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. 18(8), 894-912
[Journal article]Authored by: Movono, A.

Book

Movono, A., Nalau, J., & Becken, S. (2018). Conceptualizing resilience and vulnerabilities from an indigenous Pacific Island perspective. In Resilient Destinations and Tourism.
[Chapter]Authored by: Movono, A.
Movono, A. (2017). Conceptualizing destinations as vanua: The evolution and resilience of a Fijian social and ecological system. In J. Cheer, & A. Lew (Eds.) Tourism Resilience and Adaptation to Environmental Change: Definitions and Frameworks. : Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Movono, A.
Movono, A., Pratt, S., & Harrison, D. (2015). Adapting and reacting to tourism development: A tale of two villages on Fiji's Coral Coast. In Tourism in Pacific Islands: Current Issues and Future Challenges. (pp. 101 - 117).
[Chapter]Authored by: Movono, A.
Dawn, G., & Movono, A. (2012). Tribe Tourism: A case study of the tribewanted project on vorovoro, Fiji. In Slow Tourism: Experiences and Mobilities. (pp. 185 - 200).
[Chapter]Authored by: Movono, A.

Thesis

Movono, A. (2017). Na Irevurevu: Exploits, Resilience, and Tourism Development in Vatuolalai Village, Coral Coast, Fiji. (Doctoral Thesis, https://research-repository.griffith.edu.au/bitstream/handle/10072/373951/Movono,%20Apisalome_Final%20Thesis_Redacted.pdf?sequence=1)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Movono, A.
Movono, A. (2012). Tourism’s impact on communal development in Fiji: A case study of the socio-economic impacts of The Warwick Resort and Spa and The Naviti Resort on the indigenous Fijian villages of Votua and Vatuolalai. (Master's Thesis, http://repository.usp.ac.fj/10094/)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Movono, A.

Report

Powles, A., & Movono, A. (2021). UK Positioning in the Pacific Ahead of COP26.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Movono, A.Edited by: Greener, B.
Becken, S., Nalau, J., Movono, A., & Yang, E.(2021). Sustainable Tourism Report – Opportunities from the COVID-19 crisis. : Asian Development Bank
[Technical Report]Authored by: Movono, A.

Conference

Movono, A.(2020, December). DevNet 2020. .
[Conference]Authored by: Movono, A.Contributed to by: Movono, A.
Movono, A.(2019, January). Tourism and the SDGs Conference, Auckland, NZ. .
[Conference]Authored by: Movono, A.Contributed to by: Movono, A.Edited by: Movono, A.
Movono, A.(2018, November). Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2018, Washington DC. .
[Conference]Authored by: Movono, A.
Movono, A.(2018, March). Critical Tourism Studies- Asia Pacific Inaugural Biennial Conference "Recentering Critical Tourism Studies" March 3-6, 2018. Yogyakarta, Indonesia. .
[Conference]Authored by: Movono, A.

Other

Scheyvens, R., & Movono, A. (2021). Tourism in the Pacific: What’s behind the smile?. : Stuff
[Internet publication]Authored by: Movono, A., Scheyvens, R.
Scheyvens, R., Movono, A., Strickland, D., Bibi, P., Tasere, A., Hills, G., . . . Teama, F. (2020). Development in a world of disorder: tourism, COVID-19 and the adaptivity of South Pacific people. : Institute of Development Studies, Massey University
[Working Paper]Authored by: Movono, A., Scheyvens, R.
Scheyvens, R., & Movono, A. (2020). Traditional skills help people on the tourism-deprived Pacific Islands survive the pandemic. : The Conversation
[Internet publication]Authored by: Movono, A., Scheyvens, R.
Movono, A., & Scheyvens, R. (2020). Pacific tourism is desperate for a vaccine and travel freedoms, but the industry must learn from this crisis. : The Conversation
[Internet publication]Authored by: Movono, A., Scheyvens, R.
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

Languages

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

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