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Development studies research at Massey aims to enhance the wellbeing of people around the world.

Research expertise

Extractive industries

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.


Research projects

Student research

Paul Beumelburg

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

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.


Departments and staff

Find out more about the departments and staff involved in development studies research at Massey.

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