Development studies research
Extractive industries in Papua New Guinea are central to the country’s economic development but also cause significant social, cultural and environmental disruption. Staff and student research includes policy frameworks for resource management, local agency in negotiating with mining companies, impacts of company investments on social development in local communities, and links between resource development and conflict.
Health and international development
We are researching challenges to health in the Pacific associated with infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence. We are interested in health-systems strengthening that might involve roles for development actors, such as the NZ or Cuban aid programmes.
Measuring development and designing indicators
Indicators are instruments that measure change in complex concepts such as sovereignty or community resilience. Staff and students have been working on the design and application of indicators to measure complex matters such as policy sovereignty and trustful relationships between development partners.
Mobile lives and livelihoods in small island states
For many Pacific communities, mobility over land and sea is a way of life. We are interested in how Pacific peoples use migration as a development strategy, for example, travelling to New Zealand for temporary employment under the RSE scheme, or traversing the world on container ships as with Tuvaluan and Kiribati seafarers.
Sustainable and responsible business
The private sector plays an increasingly important role in development globally, in terms of both resources devoted to development and policy influence. Our research critically examines the place of the private sector as a development actor, while studying Pacific-based businesses to identify approaches to more inclusive forms of business for development.
Find programmes with a research element, including the PhD.
- Master of International Development
- Master of Sustainable Development Goals
- Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Business and Sustainability)
- Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Disaster Management)
- Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Environmental Sustainability)
- Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Global Development)
- Postgraduate Certificate in International Development
- Postgraduate Diploma in International Development
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Corporate community development
A Massey University research project, "Harnessing the Power of Business: The contested involvement of corporations in community initiatives in the Pacific", investigated the involvement of mining and tourism corporations in community development initiatives in the Pacific. The project was funded by a Marsden Fund Grant.
Cuba in the Pacific
This project, funded by a Marsden Fast Start grant, will explore the role of Cuban doctors and medical training in the Pacific region and the potential of Cuba’s South-South cooperation as a model for health and development.
Customary governance and Indigenous authorities in subnational island jurisdictions
This research examines the relations between mainland state governments, island authorities and Indigenous customary authorities in the Francophone Pacific. Particular focus is given to the negotiation of sovereignty by customary Indigenous authorities and the influence of island spatialities on governance at multiple scales.
Employment in Nauru
A report by Massey University Professors Jim Arrowsmith and Jane Parker for the United Nations' International Labour Organization (ILO), "Situational Analysis of Employment in Nauru", explored prospects for employment diversity in Nauru. Similar projects have been conducted for the ILO in Tonga and Papua New Guinea.
Financial literacy development in Timor-Leste
The Timor-Leste Government has commissioned Massey University's Dr Pushpa Wood to work with the Central Bank of Timor-Leste to develop a national strategic plan for financial literacy.
Indigeneity, cultural landscapes and urban informal settlements in small island states
This project examines the connections between island spatiality, informal settlement development in island cities, and urban indigeneity in the Francophone Pacific. Particular focus is given to customary systems of ownership in informal settlements, the re-creation of community and identity and participatory processes for collaborative planning and co-design.
Many Pacific islands have been tied together as unitary territories by colonialism. Inter-island rivalry underpins peaceful attempts to secede. A collaborative research project with the University of Hawaiʻi explores the driving forces of inter-island rivalry and its potential to redraw the Pacific’s geo-political map in six Pacific countries and territories.
Investigating Hazards Associated with Zoonotic pathogens in Emerging Livestock meat pathways
This research seeks to understand how the zoonotic enteric pathogens Salmonella and Campylobacter flow through the meat chain in Northern Tanzania. It examines the experiences and expectations of food safety and zoonoses in Tanzania’s butcheries and eateries.
The land has eyes and teeth
"The land has eyes and teeth: Customary landowners' entanglements with economic systems in the Pacific" explores how Pacific communities have established models of engagement that allow them to pursue economic development while retaining control over customary land and upholding community processes and values.
Unwritten Rule(s): Uncertain Statemaking on Cambodia's Land Frontier
This book project examines the role of land in post-conflict state formation, with a focus on Cambodia. It asks how 'land grabs' for agribusiness investment prop up authoritarian rulers, and what roles land reform plays in defusing tensions over land.
Paul Beumelburg says indigenous knowledge can be combined with modern science and technology to the benefit of island communities and developed nations.PhD Development Studies
Pip Rea's master's research investigates the role of resilience among women who have experienced the trauma of trafficking and working in the sex trade in Kolkata.