Head of School: Professor Vijay Naidu
Main Office Contact: (+679) 323-2297
SGDIA programs explore how Pacific island governments, economies and relations with the world affect the daily life of Pacific peoples, including their jobs and political voice as well as their freedoms, safety and cultural expression. Programs also explore how the legacy of colonialism impacts indigenous and immigrant people of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia regarding contemporary challenges of development, nation-building, human rights and regional trade. Courses in SGDIA programs consider these fascinating and pressing issues at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels and provide both academic and practical training for professionals working in related fields.
SGDIA formed in 2008, when it succeeded the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance (established in 2003). SGDIA hosts the secretariat of the Asia Pacific Migration Research Network, and, in conjunction with the Faculty of Business and Economics, hosts the secretariat of the Oceania Development Network, which is the regional network partner of the Global Development Network. SGDIA also houses the interdisciplinary University course, UU200 Ethics and Governance, which is required of all undergraduates.
SGDIA researchers work in close contact with Pacific regional actors, regularly liaising with civil society organizations, government policy makers, business, and regional and international organizations, such as Transparency International, the South Pacific Forum, the UN Development Program, and the Asian Development Bank. Our philosophy is one of regional engagement: staff and students consistently work with the public in gathering data, developing policy and offering training workshops in areas of public policy concerns for Pacific island societies.
With 14 full-time teaching staff, SGDIA runs the Politics undergraduate program and three postgraduate programs and in 2011 was advising over 90 postgraduate students.
SGDIA Degree Programs: