Dr. Neelesh Gounder

Senior Lecturer


PhD [Griffith University, Australia]
Master of Commerce [The University of the South Pacific]
Post Graduate Diploma in Economics [The University of the South Pacific]

Research Areas

Trade, poverty and growth in Pacific Island Countries; Economic Performance of Pacific Island Countries; Banking sector and financial development in Pacific Island Countries; Governance and Institutions 


WTO and Trade Liberalization in Developing Countries [EC416]; Economics of Governance and Institutions [EC412]

Graduate Research Supervision

PhD: Radhika Kumar [completed 2017] - Current Position: Trade Specialist, Commonwealth Secretariat, London

PhD: Shabnam Bano [in progress]

PhD: Nilesh Nitin Chand [in progress]

Master of Commerce: Amit Prakash [completed 2018] - Current Position: Assistant Lecturer, The University of Fiji

Master of Commerce: Mitieli Cama [completed 2019] - Current Position: Chief Statistician, Fiji Bureau of Statistics

Master of Commerce: Sela Lolohea [completed 2020]

Master of Commerce: Lekima Nalaukai [completed 2020]

Master of Commerce: Yashnita Naicker [completed 2020]


Greg Taylor Award [2016/2017]

Australian Prime Minister Pacific Australia Award [2012]

Other Academic Activities

Editorial Board: Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies []

Contact Details 

Room: S256
Phone: (679) 323 2576
Fax: (679) 323 2522
Email: neelesh.gounder(at)

Selected Publications

Opinion Pieces

Please click here to view Dr. Gounder's publications on USP Electronic Research Repository.

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