Dr Danielle Watson, (2nd from right) the authors of two publications launched by SOSS, along with guests and staff of the School. Dr. Sara Amin, Dr. Jeremy Dorovolomo and Dr. Yoko Kanemasu, (3rd, 4th & 6th from left) are the authors of the third book.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Social Sciences (SOSS) launched three (3) publications during a special ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Suva on 12 November 2018.
Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), which houses the SOSS, was in another official engagement but commented that she was extremely proud of the work of her staff.
“In line with the core values of the New Strategic Plan (NSP) 2019-2024, these publications have demonstrated the commitment of academic freedom and highest standards of governance, leadership, integrity by SOSS staff,” she noted.
In addition, she said that all the processes leading up to the publications lived up to Priority Areas 3, 7 and 8 of the NSP namely Research, Innovation and Internationalisation; Governance, Management, Leadership and Continuous Improvement; and Regional Cooperation and Integration.
Reimagining Postgraduate Supervision in Developing Contexts: A Focus on Regional Universities, offers an original look at the institutional policies, practices, and pedagogies at two regional universities in the world: The University of the West Indies and USP.
Written by Dr. Danielle Watson and Erik Blair, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, it highlighted the ad hoc nature of supervisory practices and the problems associated with their implementation.
Dr Watson and Mr Blair examined the impact that unformalised graduate supervision has on both the students and their supervisors at these tertiary institutions, and drew connections to institutions in other parts of the developing world.
In giving an overview of the publication, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, USP’s Vice-Chancellor Designate stated that he was pleased that, “we are considering the place of supervision and the manner in which the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee needs to be reconsidered”.
While congratulating Dr Watson, Professor Ahluwalia said that at USP, this is particularly important as he plans to significantly grow the number of PhD students.
“A healthy cohort of students is critical if we are to grow our overall research and innovation performance. Indeed our doctoral students are the engine room of research,” he noted.
Police and the Policed: Language and Power Relations on the Margins of the Global South, also by Dr Watson, examines communication between police and residents of a designated crime
‘hotspot’ community in the Global South.
Overall, it suggests alternative strategies to address problematic police and community relations and provides another standpoint from which communicative redress between police and residents of marginalised communities in the Global South can be approached.
Dr Watson shared that writing both books while also teaching three courses, coordinating the Pacific Policing programme and parenting a toddler meant developing efficient time management and task prioritisation skills.
“It was not easy but it was definitely possible because I have a great support system at home,” she said.
Women, Sport and Exercise in the Asia-Pacific Region: Domination, Resistance, Accommodation, demonstrates how sports may be used as a lens to examine the historical, socio-cultural and political specificities of non-Western and post-colonial societies.
Edited by Dr. Sara N. Amin, Dr. Yoko Kanemasu and Gyozo Mulnar, the book explores the complex ways in which non-Western women resist as well as accommodate sport and exercise-related sociocultural oppression, helping us to better understand the nexus of sport, exercise, gender, sexuality and power in the Asia-Pacific area.
In her overview, Adi Vela Naucukidi, Manager, Fiji Rugby Union Women’s Rugby Development stated that one of challenges for women’s rugby or any other women’s sport for that matter is visibility.
She explained that there are a lot of positive stories behind the scenes that never get to see the
light of day, that could otherwise change mindsets and are inspirational.
“I am grateful that we have people like Dr Yoko and her team who support the women’s game and our vision - “Rugby a sport for all, true to its value”.
“Rugby has no barriers. It is a progressive, modern, attractive, dynamic and inclusive sport played by girls and women, boys and men around the world,” she emphasised.
Women, Sport and Exercise in the Asia-Pacific Region is a fascinating and important resource for students of sports studies, sports management, sport development, social sciences and gender studies, as well as an excellent read for academics and researchers with an interest in sport, exercise, gender and post-colonial studies.
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