Jope Tarai - Assistant Lecturer

Office: 014-104

Tel: 323-1820

Email: jope.tarai@usp.ac.fj

Jope is a young Indigenous Fijian researcher. His area of interest include Fiji Politics, Pacific Regionalism, Social Media and Pacific Fisheries.


Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Science – Biology/Chemistry – USP

Post Graduate Certificate – Diplomacy & International Affairs – SGDIA – USP

Post Graduate Diploma – Diplomacy & International Affairs – SGDIA – USP

Master of Arts In Diplomacy & Politics – Gold Medalist for most outstanding MA thesis in the FBE – SGDIA – USP


Teaching

Jope is part of the teaching team for the Ethics and Governance – UU200 – course.


Research

  • Pacific Regionalism
  • Regional Tuna Politics
  • Social Media and Politics

Publications

Journal Articles

2019 – Social Media and the 2018 Elections

2018 –  with Romitesh Kant, Glen Finau, and Jason Titifanue, ‘Internet under threat? The politics of online censorship in the Pacific Islands’

2018 – Unpacking Fiji Internet Law Narratives – Online safety or online regulation?

2018 –  with Tait Brimacombe, Romitesh Kant, Glen Finau, and Jason Titifanue, ‘A new frontier in digital activism: An exploration of digital feminism in Fiji’

2018 –  with John Cox, Glen Finau, Romitesh Kant, and Jason Titifanue, ‘Disaster, Divine Judgment, and Original Sin: Christian Interpretations of Tropical Cyclone Winston and Climate Change in Fiji’

2018 –  with Glen Finau, Romitesh Kant, John Cox, Jason Titifanue and Renata Varea , ‘Social media and disaster communication: A case study of Cyclone Winston ‘

2017 –  with Jason Titifanue, Romitesh Kant, Glen Finau, and Jope Tarai, ‘Climate change advocacy in the Pacific: The role of information and communication technologies’

2016 – with  Jason Titifanue, Jope Tarai, Romitesh Kant, and Glen Finau, ‘Social Networking to Activism: The Role of Social Media in the Free West Papua Campaign’

2015 – with Romitesh Kant, Glenn Finau and Jason Titifanue, ‘Political Social Media Campaigning in Fiji’s 2014 Elections’, Journal of Pacific Studies.

2015 – ‘The New Pacific Diplomacy and the South Pacific Tuna Treaty’, The New Pacific Diplomacy, pp. 237-248

2015 – To Regulate Or Not: Social Media in Fiji

2015 – Fiji Flag Change: Social Media Responds


Reports

2015

Title: Social Media and its Impact on Young Men & Women’s Political Participation in Fiji
Authored: Glen Finau, Romitesh Kant, Jason Titifanue, and Jope Tarai

Online Publications

2018
Authored: Jope Tarai
Title: Controlling the Internet in Fiji

2018
Authored: Jope Tarai
Title: 2018 Fiji elections: the real losses and wins

2017
Authored: Tait Brimacombe, Romitesh Kant, Glen Finau, Jope Tarai and Jason Titifanue
Title: #Feminism: Digital Technologies and feminist activism in Fiji

2015
Authored: Jope Tarai
Title: Fiji’s ‘coup babies’ just starting to log on to democracy

 

Media Opinion Pieces

Year: 2019
Author: Jope Tarai
Title: Breaching Indigenousness (Indigeneity)
Publisher: Islands Business

Year: 2019
Author: Jope Tarai
Title: Samoa’s leaders grapple with Social Media
Publisher: Islands Business

Year: 2018
Author: Jope Tarai
Title: Is Regulation the answer?
Publisher: Islands Business

Year: 2017
Author: Jope Tarai
Title: God Is Dead
Publisher: Islands Business

Year: 2015
Author: Jope Tarai
Title: Fiji’s New Public Diplomacy
Publisher: Fiji Times

Conferences & Presentations

Year: 2015 (January)

Conference Title: Pacific Research Colloquium
Venue: The Australian National University – Canberra, Australia
Presentation: Fiji Social Media Political Campaigning – 2014 national elections

Year: 2015 (September)

Conference Title: State of the Pacific Conference
Venue: The Australian National University – Canberra, Australia
Presentation: Group Presentation – Social Media in the Pacific, Cases & Implications

Year: 2016 (September)

Conference Title: State of the Pacific Conference
Venue: The Australian National University – Canberra, Australia
Presentation: The South Pacific Tuna Treaty: case study of Collective Diplomacy.

Year: 2016 (December)

Panel Presentation: Digital Technologies and social media for Activism and Social Change
Venue: La Trobe University – Melbourne

Year: 2018 (April)

Conference: Australian Association for Pacific Studies
Venue: University of Adelaide – South Australia
Presentation: The New Fijian Man

Media Interviews and Publications