Central to this collaborative project are the community members in Fiji (Nawaqarua, Etatoko, Natutu and Koronubu-Vunibaka in the Ba River catchment) and Tonga (Kala’au, Afa and Talasiu in Tongatapu and various locations in Vava’u) and numerous government staff across both countries.

Academic researchers

Dr Ellie Biggs (The University of Western Australia) – human-environment interactions for sustainability and environmental livelihood security (the water-energy-food-livelihoods nexus).

Dr Bryan Boruff (The University of Western Australia) – agricultural and renewable energy production, sustainable livelihoods and the development of spatially enabled eResearch tools.

A/Prof Eleanor Bruce (The University of Sydney) – coastal management, spatial modelling, GIS, remote sensing, PGIS, LULC mapping and change detection.

Prof John Connell (The University of Sydney) – political, economic and social development in less developed countries, especially in the South Pacific region and in other small island states, research oriented to issues of rural development, migration and inequality.

Dr Kevin Davies (The University of Sydney) – remote sensor and spatial data modeller/developer with expertise in multi-sensor landscape change detection, multivariate data analysis, spectral vegetation indexes and field validation.

Dr John Duncan (The University of Western Australia) – agricultural geographer and remote sensor with expertise in mixed methods research and extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Dr Sharyn Hickey (The University of Western Australia) – applied remote sensing of marine and estuarine environments.

Dr Pyone Myat Thu (The University of Sydney) – rural land access, migration and livelihoods in post-conflict contexts.

Prof Andreas Neef (The University of Auckland) – participatory approaches to research and development, natural resource governance, climate change adaptation and disaster response and recovery from a social science perspective.

Dr Natasha Pauli (The University of Western Australia) – human-environment interactions in the management of biological resources, including ecosystem services in mosaic landscapes

A/Prof Ben Radford (The University of Western Australia) – spatial modelling to predict patterns of biodiversity based upon biophysical and ecological processes.

Dr Nathan Wales (The University of the South Pacific) – spatial data analysis and modelling of forest and coastal landscapes using GIS and remote sensing, including the application of mixed-methods research.

In-country research associates

Ms Renata Varea (The University of the South Pacific; Fiji) – geography and land use planning for environmental management and climate change adaptation.

Ms Helena Shojaei (The University of the South Pacific; Tonga) – urban and regional planning for agribusiness and sustainable food systems.

Regional partners

Mr Jan Helsen, Mr John Oakeshott and Mr Jalesi Mateboto – Pacific Community – SPC have extensive local expertise in land resource management (cropping, livestock and biosecurity), fisheries, aquiculture and marine ecosystem management, natural hazard management, social development, and geospatial analysis.

Dr Viliami Manu – Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests – MAFF have extensive local expertise in landscape and agricultural systems management and community engagement.

Mr Michael Boyland and Dr Clemens Grünbühel – Stockholm Environment Institute Asia – World-leaders in pioneering nexus research. SEI Asia plays an essential role in sustainable development issues related to agroecological systems management, that include energy, water resources, atmospheric pollution, sustainable livelihoods and climate change.

ACIAR Program Manager

Our project falls under the research programme portfolio for Agricultural Systems Management (ASEM) at ACIAR, which is managed by Dr Jayne Curnow.

Jayne Curnow
Dr Jayne Curnow