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ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) has recently announced that four academics associated with the college have been awarded allocations in the latest (and final) round of the CAP–USP Strategic Partnership Development Grants process. This funding comes from a $20,000 allotment provided by the dean of the college to support activities in conjunction with the University of the South Pacific (USP). Recipients include:
• Nicholas Halter (SSGM, Bell School): Climate change adaptation in Micronesia. The grant will support an academic visit to USP to present at a conference in June 2016. The presentation will focus on the results of a recently completed PACE-Net Plus research project into climate change adaptation. This project has been undertaken by the ANU-based Micronesian and Australian Friends Association (MAFA) and the University of Heidelberg, Germany. This visit offers an opportunity to develop the ANU-USP relationship in the area of climate change, to further research collaboration and to forge new relationships in the study of the Micronesian region more broadly.
• Miranda Forsyth (RegNet, SSGM, Bell School): Conference on constitutional developments in the Pacific Islands. The grant will contribute to the cost of convening a conference to be hosted at USP Emalus in November 2016. This project will bring together ANU Pacific constitutional scholars with USP scholars and established scholars from other universities in the region to discuss issues of current significance relating to constitutional developments. The project aims to build linkages between established Pacific constitution scholars within USP and ANU, to enhance research collaboration (especially with the USP School of Law) and to develop the capacity of emerging scholars in this field.
• Matthew Dornan (DevPol, Crawford School): Research on ‘green growth’ in the Pacific. The grant will support new research collaboration between the Crawford School and the USP School of Government, Development & International Affairs. The research project will investigate the use of the concept of ‘green growth’ (an oft-used but largely undefined term) and its policy impact at national and regional levels in the Pacific. The project has been developed in collaboration with USP and will involve conducting semi-structured interviews with policy makers in Fiji in August 2016. This is an opportunity to develop new research collaboration that may lead to future joint research.
• Margaret Jolly (GMCS, CHL): Intensive master classes and writing workshops for graduate students and grant workshops for USP staff and students in Pacific and gender studies. The grant will support a two-week academic visit to USP in August 2016. The first week will involve the delivery of graduate master classes and writing workshops with a concentration on Pacific studies and gender studies. The second week will be devoted to grant-writing workshops for USP staff (and interested graduate students) to develop ideas for funding applications that will target funds available from Australian, North American and European sources. These workshops will be hosted by Prof. Jolly with collaborators at USP. This represents an opportunity to consolidate research connections, develop joint grant applications and foster educational collaboration.