Joeli has completed his first year on the job since completing his studies. Joeli’s PhD is in Resource and Environmental Management and Development. It is hoped that this will be followed soon by Ms Ram-Bidesi, who continues as a PhD student at the University of Wollongong and is expected to rejoin MAP in 2003–2004. Ms Faletoese has completed her appointment as Ms Ram-Bidesi’s replacement.
Joeli was asked by UNESCO to write a paper for a book they are preparing on Traditional Knowledge. Joeli’s contribution titled ‘Taking Advantage of Traditional Knowledge: the Fiji Case’ will be published and translated into the main languages of the UNESCO.
Together with Professor Thaman (of the Geography Department) and with the able assistance of Fulori, Sue and Nani at MSP, Joeli assisted in hosting the 6th Roundtable for Nature Conservation at USP, 29 October – 2 November. Given its shoestring budget, it was a well organised and successful meeting attended by approximately 50 participants, over 2/3 of whom visited USP from abroad and from elsewhere within Fiji. We at MAP are grateful for the assistance and support provided by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Professor Thaman, Professor South of MSP, Professor Aalbersberg of IAS, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), UNDP and The Nature Conservancy.
MBA Programme Research, publications and conference presentations
During 2001 MBA teaching staff completed several research projects that resulted in either publications or conference presentations. Details of these are given in Appendix IV. Highlights include the production in Suva of Professor McMaster’s co-authored book Public Enterprise Divestment: Australian Case Studies, which has been widely distributed among libraries and educational institutions in Australia and the South Pacific region. Dr Olutimayin was awarded the best paper in Public Policy at the 13th Annual International Conference of the Western Division Sciences Institute (WDSI) held in Vancouver, Canada. The paper he presented is a three-country comparison of redirecting concepts of innovation and research work in developing countries. Professor McMaster presented a paper at the conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) held in Athens. He and Professor Nowak also presented papers at the World Business Congress of the International Management Development Association held in Zagreb, Croatia. Dr Kolay presented a paper at the Asian Academy of Management (AAM) conference, held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Populations Studies Programme Research and publications
Mrs Chandra launched a set of publications reporting her research towards developing an Adolescent Profile of Fiji.
Tourism Studies Programme Major research achievements
Dr Berno continued research funded by the Asia 2000 Foundation in New Zealand on the adjustment of Asian students in New Zealand. This research is being undertaken in collaboration with Dr Colleen Ward of Victoria University Wellington. Dr Berno also continued her research project on Tourism Training and Education Needs in the South Pacific: Balancing University Education, Industry Needs and Student Expectations. The first stage of this research was completed in 2001. Dr Berno spent time undertaking this, and other research at the National University of Singapore, Victoria University Wellington and at Lincoln University in New Zealand, where she holds an Honorary Research Associateship. Mr Waqaisavou continued his research on Tourism in Fiji: Attitudes and Involvement of Native Landowners in the Accommodation Sector. Kelly Bricker completed her project, Ecotourism in Fiji: An exploratory analysis of the marketplace, in May 2001.
One research project, a survey of USP's first major use of the USPNet facilities in 2/2000, was undertaken in 2000 by 2 senior DEU staff with support from 2 I&J staff, and completed in 2001 with some interesting findings for policy and procedural developments particularly for multimode course delivery at USP.
Staff continued to be involved in consultancies requiring course development and editing expertise for FSM and SPC in 2001.