Staff Profile: Atele Dutt

Assistant Lecturer

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Office: CELT Room 107


BA in History, Politics & Sociology (2005, USP); PgDip in International Affairs (2009, USP); MA in Politics & International Affairs (2011, USP), PhD in Sociology (2022, USP)

Research Area

children’s rights, violence against children, social policy, Samoan culture


I completed my primary and secondary education in Samoa, where I was born. In the early 2000s, I was awarded a scholarship from the Government of Samoa to pursue my Bachelor of Arts in History/Politics and Sociology at the University of the South Pacific, where I also obtained my Master’s and PhD degrees.

Courses Taught
  • SO100: Themes and Perspectives in Sociology
  • SO207: Families, Sexuality and Change in the Pacific
  • SO301: Sociology of Public Policy
  • SO409: Social Development
Research Interests

My PhD research explores the policy-practice gap in the treatment of corporal punishment in schools in Samoa. It explains from a sociological lens, why teachers continue to use corporal punishment in schools despite their awareness of the policy prohibiting the practice. During my PhD research, I found very little scholarly research examining existing social policies to end violence against children in the Pacific, which motivated me to contribute knowledge in this area. I am interested in researching issues relating to children’s rights and violence against children in the Pacific.

Graduate Supervision
  • Mei Nein – Master of Arts in Social Policy – Indigenous Experiences and Perspectives of Restorative Justice for Non-violent Youth offenders in Rural Fiji.
  • Jale Kauyaki – Master of Governance – The Perception of High School Teachers on the implementation of the Zero Tolerance of Corporal Punishment in Fiji schools.
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