Research

The Centre for Samoan Studies conducts research on a range of issues relating to and affecting Samoa. Learn about our:


Projects

We conduct research on a range of issues relating to and affecting Samoa. Our research projects are funded by the university and external organisations in fields such as:

  • Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
  • Samoan studies (language, culture, history)
  • Development studies (especially on development issues relevant to the Pacific region).

Our latest featured research project is on Gender and Governance in Samoa and is funded by the Australian Development Research Award Scheme (ADRAS).

Charles Parkinson (Australian Volunteer for International Development working within the Centre for Samoan Studies) is carrying out a multi stage project over the next 18 months focused on setting up a GIS database of Samoan archaeological and cultural heritage sites and training CSS staff and select students on its use and ongoing maintenance.

The Knowledge of traditional Samoan fishing practices research is within its final stages.

All NUS staff can apply to the University Research and Ethics Committee (UREC) research fund for research projects within Samoa and American Samoa.

Research students

If you are interested in enrolling in a research based Masters or PhD through the Centre for Samoan Studies, please contact Prof Meleisea Leasiolagi Malama Meleisea (Director, Centre for Samoan Studies) [email protected] or Dr Penelope Schoeffel (Associate Professor) [email protected] for more information.

Current research projects of our students include:

StudentResearch topic
Tuiloma Susana Taua’a (Phd student in the Development Studies Programme). Tuiloma is a Senior lecturer and HOD in the Faculty of Arts, National University of Samoa.Informal Economy and Poverty in Urban Samoa
Ramona Boodosingh (PhD student in the Development Studies programme). Ramona is from Trinidad and Tobago and is studying at the National University of Samoa with support from the Caribbean Pacific Mobility Scheme, which supports academic exchange between the Pacific and the Caribbean,Policies and programmes to support victims of family or gender-based violence in Samoa and Fiji.
Mada Henry Magbidi (Master's student in Development Studies programme). Mada is a citizen of Italy, originally from Sierra Leone. He is co-supervised by the Centre for Samoan Studies and the Faculty of Medicine. He has been working with Samoan Women and Business Development Incorporated.Child and infant feeding practices in Samoa with the aim of understanding issues in child nutrition.
Joao Fransisco Maia (Master's student in Development Studies programme). Joao is from Timor-Lester (East Timor) and is studying at the National University of Samoa with support from the Caribbean Pacific Mobility Scheme.Pacific Regional Organisations: Would Timor-Leste benefit from membership?
Occero Fuller (Master's student in Development Studies programme). Occero is from Jamaica and is studying at the National University of Samoa with support from the Caribbean Pacific Mobility Scheme.Backpacker Tourism: A good Tourism Strategy for Developing Countries? The case of Samoa.

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