Dean of Faculty - Faculty of Business and Economics



Dean of Faculty

Dean of Faculty

Professor Biman Prasad
Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics

Bachelor of Arts, University of the South Pacific,  Fiji
Master of Commerce, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Doctor of Philosophy – The University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Biman Prasad leads the largest faculty within the University of the South Pacific. USP is the South Pacific’s leading international university. Professor Prasad is an international scholar and has contributed significantly to the debate on social and economic issues in the region. From 2003 to 2007 Professor Prasad was Head of School of Economics. Previously he worked in the area of Distance and Flexible Learning. Professor Prasad has an accomplished academic reputation with three books and many articles published on economic development, trade and environment issues. He has published several journal articles and has done consultancy work for international organisations and governments in the Pacific region. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fijian Studies and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pacific Studies.

Dean’s Welcome Message

Dean’s Welcome Message

I am pleased to introduce to you the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji Islands.  The USP is a regional University with campuses spread in twelve South Pacific Island countries. Seven schools in our faculty offer broad a range of programs and courses (medium of instructions for all these programs and courses is English); these are available to both South Pacific and international students studying at Faculty.  The Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of the South Pacific is a member of numerous international organizations and networks. Our faculty members are well known for their research on economics and business.    Our programs also provide an unparalleled opportunity for students to undertake the study of Business and Economics with various specializations. Our faculty has established a reputation as centre of excellence for teaching, research and graduate training. Academics at the Faculty of Business and Economics publish roughly two hundred titles annually – articles in journals, magazines , newspapers, contributions at conferences, scripts and monographs. The faculty continues to promote research and graduate training in business and economics. There are many student organizations, associations and clubs operating at the University of South Pacific and FBE. Membership is open to any student who has an interest in joining. 

Students at FBE benefit from working closely with a group of expert teaching faculty comprising FBE academic staff and invited distinguished scholars and practitioners. FBE assists students from the time of their registration to graduation, acknowledging that students may experience difficulties adjusting to a new country and culture. Dedicated computer labs are provided for students, with different softwares to cater to the needs of each program and course. Student learning support services are our priority and the faculty ensures that students in FBE have the best learning environment.

Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Professor Biman Prasad leads the largest faculty within the University of the South Pacific. USP is the South Pacific’s leading international university. Professor Prasad is an international scholar and has contributed significantly to the debate on social and economic issues in the region. From 2003 to 2007 Professor Prasad was Head of School of Economics. Previously he worked in the area of Distance and Flexible Learning. Professor Prasad has an accomplished academic reputation with four books and many articles published on economic development, trade and environment issues. He has published several journal articles and has done consultancy work for international organisations and governments in the Pacific region. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fijian Studies and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pacific Studies.

Contact

Please contact his Secretary, Mrs. Marjorie Bola, on (679) 3232460 should you wish to contact him.

Research Areas

Trade and Economic Development

Research Interests

Economic Development, Trade and Environment,  WTO issues, Poverty, Income Distribution and Welfare in Pacific Island Economies and Governance, Human dimensions of global environmental change in relation to the South Pacific Island Nations.

Selected Publications

  1. Books

    1. Prasad, B.C and Tisdell, C. (2006) Institutions, Economic Performance and Sustainable Development: A Case Study of the Fiji Islands, Nova Science Publishers: New York.

    2. Prasad, B.C. and Roy, K.C (eds) (2007) Readings in World Development: Development Problems in Pacific Islands States, Nova Science, New York.

    3. Roy, K.C and Prasad, B.C. (2007) Readings in World  Development: Governance and Development in Poor Countries, Nova Science, New York.

    4. Singh, S. and Prasad, B. (2008) Media and Development Issues in the Pacific Islands, Fiji Institute of Applied Studies, Suva.

  2. Selected Refereed Journal Articles

    1. Prasad, B.C. and Tisdell, C. (1996) “Institutional Constraints to Economic Development: The Case of Native Land Rights in Fiji”, Asia Pacific       Development Journal, Vol.3, No.2, pp.49-71.

    2. Prasad, B.C. and Tisdell, C. (1996) Getting Property Rights ‘right’, Land Tenure in Fiji, Pacific Economic Bulletin, Vol.1, pp.31-46.

    3. Prasad, B.C. (1998) “The Woes of Economic Reform: Poverty, Income Inequality in Fiji”, International Journal of Social Economics . Vol 25, Nos. 6/7/8, pp.1073-1094.

    4. Prasad, B.C. and Asafu-Adjaye, J. (1998) “Poverty and Macroeconomic Policy in Fiji”, Pacific Economic Bulletin, Vol.13, No.1, pp. 47-56.

    5. Prasad, B.C. (2003) “Institutional Economics and Economic Development:  The Theory of Property Rights, Economic Development, Good Governance and The Environment” International Journal of Social Economics. Vol.30, No.6, 741-762.

    6. Prasad, B.C. (2003) “Merging Interest in Fiji: Essential ingredients for Better Economic Performance” Pacific Economic Bulletin, Vol.18, No.1, pp.121-130.

    7. Prasad, B.C.  (2003)“Institutional Responses to Environment and Natural Resources Management: A Case of the Sustainable Development Bill for Fiji”, Global Environmental Research.  Vol.7, No.1, pp.123-128.

    8. Prasad, B.C. and Kumar, S. (2004)   “Politics of Race and Poverty in Fiji: A Case of Indo-Fijian Community”, International Journal of Social Economics.  Vol.31, No 5/6  pp. 469-486.

    9. Prasad, B.C. (2004)  “Globalisation Free Trade and Corporate Citizenship in the South Pacific Forum Island Countries(FICs): How relevant is “The United Nations Global Compact”? Journal of Corporate Citizenship- Issue 13, pp.65-76.  Greenleaf.

    10. Prasad, B.C. and Narayan, P.K. (2003) “Does Tourism Granger Causes Economic Growth in Fiji”, The Empirical Economic Letters,Vol.2, No.5.

    11. Kumar, S. and Prasad, B.C. (2004) “Preferential Voting And Political Engineering: The Case Of Fiji’s 1999 and 2001 General Elections Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. Vol.42, No.3 pp.312-332.

    12. Prasad, B.C. and Narayan, P.K. (2005) “The Validity of Purchasing Power Parity Hypothesis for Eleven Middle Eastern Countries”, Review of Middle East Economies and Finance, Vol.3, No.2, 135-149.

    13. Prasad, B.C. with Paresh Narayan (2005) “Economic Importance of the Sugar Industry in Fiji: Simulating the Impact of a 30 percent decline in Sugar Production”,  Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies (July, 2005 Issue. 17, 104-114.

    14. Prasad, B.C. and Narayan, P.K. (2006) “Will Doubling Fish Exports or Garment Exports Benefit the Fijian Economy Most? Evidence from a Computable General Equilibrium Model” Applied Economics, Vol.38, pp.717-723.

    15. Prasad, B.C. and Narayan, P.K.  (2005) “Contribution of the Rice Industry to Fiji’s Economy: Implications of a plan to increase rice production”, Pacific Economic Bulletin, Vol.20, No.3, pp.43-52.

    16. Prasad, B.C. and Narayan, P.K. (2006)“The Long-run Impact of Coups on Fiji’s Economy: Evidence from a Computable General Equilibrium Model” Journal of International Development”, Journal of International Development. Vol. 19, pp.149-160.

    17. Prasad, B.C. and Narayan, P.K. (2007)  “ Are Shocks to Real Effective Exchange Rates Permanent or Transitory? Evidence from Pacific Island Countries Applied Economics.

    18. Prasad, B.C. Singh, B. and Kumar, S. (2008) “Modelling Relationship between foreign direct investment and economic growth in Fiji: 1970-2002” Indian Development Review, Vol.6, No.1, pp.49-62

Speeches and Papers

Speeches and Papers

  1. Speech at the Lions Club Dinner
  2. Launch of the UNESCAP‟s Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011
  3. The THE-ICE Launch  5 May, 2011
  4. ODN Affiliates Meeting 11 April,2011
  5. “Oceania Development Network Workshop". Welcome Remarks at the workshop on 4 October, 2010 at FBE Senate Room, USP. (Photo Gallery)
  6. “Preliminary Report on Poverty and Income Distribution in Fiji in 2008-2009". Welcome Address at the launching of the report on 1 October, 2010 at Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, USP.
  7. “World Hindi Day". Speech at the celebrations on 21 September, 2010 at Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, USP.
  8. “Responses to the global economic crisis by Pacific Islands and Fiji". Opening remarks at the launching of the ESCAP 2010 report for the Asia Pacific Region on 6 May, 2010, UNESCAP, Office, Suva.

Papers

1. “Fijian Economy: Time to build confidence"

2. “Global crisis, domestic crisis and crisis of confidence: which way forward for Fiji?"

3. “Resolving the agricultural land lease impasse in Fiji"






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