School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)


SGDIA Working Paper Series (SGDIA WPS)


SGDIA launched an online Working Paper Series in 2017.

In conjunction with the Weekly Seminar Series, the SGDIA Working Paper Series (SGDIA WPS) is a key component of the School's profile both locally and internationally. It acts as a publication resource to facilitate the rapid and open-access dissemination of work by SGDIA scholars, USP faculty and other scholars and practitioners working in and on the region. The SGDIA WPS publishes topical research papers on matters pertinent to the Pacific, many of which go on to finalised publication in international peer-reviewed journals. 

The SGDIA Working Paper Series includes:                                                        - journal-length working papers (8-12,000 words)- SGDIA WP Style Guide            - shorter ‘briefs’ (may be as short as 2-3 pages). 

Working Papers and briefs will be considered by the School Editorial Committee.

SGDIA WPS publications can be downloaded from the list located on this webpage.


Editorial Committee:  

Assoc. Prof. Sandra Tarte tarte_a(at) 

Dr. Wes Morgan wesley_a(at) 

Dr. Andreea R. Torre torre_a(at)


If you would like to submit a working paper or a brief for consideration, please contact the editorial committee. 

Copyright remains with the authors.


Working Paper Number 1:

Authors: Vasemaca Lutu, Vijay Naidu and Kesaia Seniloli


In the immediate aftermath of the extremely destructive Tropical Cyclone Winston, miraculous healing water was discovered flowing on land belonging to Naboro mataqali in close proximity to Natadradave and Delakado villages in Dawasamu, Tailevu.  This discovery led to the arrival of thousands of people from all over Fiji and beyond at a time when the villagers of Dawasamu, Tailevu were themselves recovering from the catastrophic cyclone. A year on, visitors albeit in smaller numbers continue to bath in, drink and take away the healing water. The working paper reports on the research project and its findings on why the indigenous Fijian villagers (peasants) eschewed the unique opportunity for windfall cash income from the sale of the miracle water at a time of unprecedented hardship. This too, in the context of a lucrative bottled water industry in the country.

Working Paper Number 2:

Title: Rethinking constitutional reform in the Pacific: What can we learn from the Indonesian experience?

Author: Paul J. Carnegie


There is a distinct difference between proposing new constitutional frameworks and the process of establishing those frameworks. The latter involves forms of renegotiation with varying legacies of the past in any particular setting. This makes transforming proposed reforms into meaningful practice that can sustain over time less than straightforward. In fact, the outcomes of reform processes are often ambiguous mixtures of trade-off and compromise. By anatomizing the constitutional reform process that occurred in Indonesia from 1999-2002, the following paper identifies potential challenges Pacific Island Countries (PICs) face along what are invariably fraught and uncertain paths. Yet, the comparative insight from Indonesia suggests that a gradualist approach to constitution-making that takes advantage of opportunity, timing and momentum can provide a path to accepted constitutional reform. 

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