GDIA Postgraduate Forum

The GDIA Postgraduate Forum offers a series of masterclasses in postgraduate skills development. This is to help our postgraduate students hone their independent research and thesis writing skills. The aim is to allow them to take responsibility for finishing their degrees on time by equipping them with the tools, techniques and strategies necessary to this endeavour.                                                    

Please follow the links below for a range of masterclass power-point presentations.  

GDIA PGF Induction 2017

GDIA PGF One 2017

GDIA PGF Two 2017

GDIA PGF Three 2017

GDIA PGF Four 2017

Our PhD Scholars

Jerry Siota


Jerry Siota (BA USP, MSc Manchester) is currently a PhD candidate and Sasakawa Scholarship holder at the University of the South Pacific. 

Jerry’s doctoral research project is entitled “Rethinking New Public Management: An inquiry into Public Service Reforms and Delivery in Solomon Islands”. This research investigates public service reforms in Solomon Islands and evaluates the impact these reforms have had on service delivery. His research considers issues of ‘transferability’ and the applicability of the ‘New Public Management’ agenda to Solomon Islands. Jerry’s experience of working in the public service in Solomon Islands has given him the access to carry out substantial fieldwork and data collection in relation to his subject of inquiry. His research will hopefully make an academic contribution to our understanding of the ways in which the transfer of the New Public Management agenda has shaped public service reforms and delivery in Solomon Islands. 

George Hoa'au


George Hoa’au (BA USP, PGD USP, GradDip WTO, GradDip APCSS, MA International Law, ANU) hails from southern Malaita, Solomon Islands.

Since mid-2015 he has been undertaking doctoral studies under a USP Graduate Assistant scholarship. His doctoral project is entitled “Pacific regional governance and legitimacy: participation of Non-State Actors”. His research explores the ‘participation of regional non-state actors/civil society in regional policy processes’, and ‘the implications that they have for the legitimacy of Pacific regionalism.’ The project explores the inclusion of non-state actors/civil society since 2015, particularly in initiatives by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). George has served as Deputy Secretary (acting) and Assistant Secretary for the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.


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