Journal Article Review of Amin, Watson and Girard (2020). “Mapping Security in the Pacific: A focus on context, gender, and organizational culture”
In this article we review the edited book “Mapping Security in the Pacific: A Focus on Context, Gender, and Organizational Culture” by Sara Amin, Danielle Watson, and Christian Girard. In this article members of the Urban Oceania Reading Group review three chapters of this edited book offering their additional thoughts. Generally, the articles of the… Continue readingAlienation, Beetle-nut, Boe Declaration on Security, Corporate responsibility, COVID-19, Deep Sea Mining, Economic Security, Energy, Fisheries, Fishing Observers, gift economy, Globalization, Human Security, informal insurance, Infrastructure, International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mining, Modernity, Natural Disasters, Pacific Maritime Surveillance Program, PMSP, Police, Poverty, Precariat, Private Maritime Security, Private Military Contractors, Private Security, Remittances, Resource Security, Risk, Safety, Security, Tourism, Trust, uncertainty, Urbanization, Welfare
Journal Article Review of Sheng, F., & Smith, G. (2021). The Shifting Fate of China’s Pacific Diaspora.
In this article we review Sheng and Smith’s (2021) chapter, The Shifting Fate of China’s Pacific Diaspora in the edited book The China Alternative: Changing Regional Order in the Pacific Islands. Roxane de Waegh engages with Sheng and Smith’s (2021) material on the founding of a Chinese diaspora in the Pacific in the colonial period… Continue reading
You get exactly whats on the tin for Bertram’s (2018) article, Why does the Cook Islands Still Need Overseas Aid? He asks, in a context where the private sector revolving around tourism is booming(at least prior to COVID-19), why would the Cook Islands require large amounts of Overseas Development Aid (ODA)? In 2018, the Cook… Continue readingAsian Development Bank, Cook Islands, Donor, Economic Growth, Fiscal Policy, GDP, GDP per capita, GNI, Infrastructural Equity, Infrastructure, Manatua Cable, MFAT, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Muri Lagoon, Neoliberalism, New Zealand, Oceania, Overseas Development Aid, Rarotonga, Shock Doctrine, Te Mato Vai, Tourism, Trickle Down, Water
Journal Article Review of Rooney, M. N. (2021). “We Want Development”: Land and Water (Dis) connections in Port Moresby, Urban Papua New Guinea.
Living in an informal settlement is common in Oceania. High rates of rural-urban migration and poor housing policy forces many to live on customary land on the peripheries of the Oceanic city. There is a great variance in how life is experienced within informal settlements in Oceania, however, informal settlement residents across the region have… Continue readingATS Settlement, Citizenship, Customary Land Tenure, Development Discourse, Eda Ranu, Education, Field of Residential Affairs, Fiji, Informal Settlement, Infrastructural Citizenship, Infrastructural Co-production, Infrastructural Equity, Infrastructure, Land, Lefebvre, Materiality, Moral Economy, National Capital District Commission (NCDC), Oceania, Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Right to the City, Urban Village, Water
Epeli Hau’ofa’s highly influential essay, Our Sea of Islands, asserts that the peoples of Oceania, are not passive figures on the regional and world stage as they are so commonly depicted. Rather, he considers Oceanic peoples to be guardians that play a vital and powerful role in the environmental protection of the region’s Ocean resources.… Continue readingAid, Angola Mode, Arc of Instability, Australia, Blue Boats, China, Customary Sea Tenure, Distant Water, Exclusive Economic Zones, Fisheries, Guardians of the Ocean, Illegal Unreported and Unregulated, Infrastructure, Oceania, Operation Rai Balang, Our Sea of Islands, South China Sea, Sovereignty, State of the Neighbourhood, Step-Up