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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.
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
Field of research codes
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):