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Associate Professor Jenny Bryant-Tokalau

jennyBA, PGDipArts (Otago), MA (UPNG), PhD (Monash). Adjunct Professor - The University of the South Pacific

Contact details

Office: 4S8, Te Tumu (Richardson Building, South Tower)
Phone: +64 3 479 3974+64 3 479 3974
Email: jenny.bryant-tokalau@otago.ac.nz

Research

Jenny is currently researching the provenance and future security of the Qoliqoli (foreshore) and informal settlement and land issues in Fiji. She is continuing work on: Poverty, hardship and environmental governance in the Pacific; Urban housing and poverty in the Pacific; Urban environmental degradation in the Pacific; Impacts of natural disasters on Pacific urban dwellers.

Teaching

Supervision - Current

  • Emma Dunlop Bennett - PhD - Pacific Islands Studies - Strengthening the early childhood development of Pasifika children through a holistic approach
  • Erica Newman - PhD - Pacific Islands Studies – History of Adoption and Orphanages in Fiji
  • Fetaomi Tapu-Qiliho - PhD - Pacific Islands Studies – Tuvaluan diaspora in Oceania: Identity and Belongingness in the Margins
  • Rieko Hayakawa - PhD - Media, Film and Communications - Possibility of Telecommunication Universal Service for the Pacific Islands
  • Lisa Williams-Lahari - MA - Pacific Islands Studies - Truth, duty and the Pacific Way: Challenges facing Pacific women in journalism
  • Irene Hundelby - PhD - Music ‘Singsing bilongo mere lo north Mala’

Successful Completions

  • Tui Nicola Clery - PhD Pacific Island Studies - "The Art of Peace: Performative and Arts Based Peace Practices in Contemporary Fiji" (2013)
  • Jacqueline Fa'amatuainu – MIndS – Climate law in the Pacific: Interpreting the principle of common but differentiated responsibility (2012)
  • Seth Gorrie - MSc - Geography – Mai le Tunoa I le Masina – from Umu to Machine: untangling the scientific and cultural aspects of renewable energy (2012)
  • Nicole McCrossin (with Janet Stephenson) - MA - Indigenous Studies - Review of Legal and Procedural Framework for Māori Involvement in Resource Management and Planning in Aotearoa (2011)
  • Mara Hosoda - MA - Pacific Studies - Hawaiian, Māori and Samoan performing arts as education (2010)
  • Marieke Blondet (with Jacqui Leckie) - PhD in Anthropology - National park of American Samoa: Conservation area and local population in the Islands of American Samoa (2009) (Co-tutelle with EHSS Paris)
  • Talai Mapusua - MIndS - Role of the Faletua in the Samoan church (2008-9)
  • Regina Buninaang-Mendoza - MIndS - The Banaue Rice Terraces: A window into Ifugao's Indigenous Way of Farming (2007-8)
  • Agustin Panganiban - MIndS - Sagada Traditional Forestry Resource Management (2007-8)
  • Emma Kate Lynch - MA (Geography) - Type 2 diabetes amongst Tokelau Islanders (With Tony Binns) (2007-8)
  • Nicole McCrossin - BA (Hons) (Anthropology) - Zapaturismo: Exploring the Zapatista Movement’s Relationships with Tourism (2007)
  • Rachel Honeychurch - 480 Dissertation (Anthropology) - Putting it Off: Why New Zealand Women are Choosing to delay Motherhood (With Dr Annabel Cooper) (2007)
  • Casimir MacGregor - MA (Anthropology) - Social Exclusion in Aranui, Christchurch (2005)
  • Alexia Black - 480 Dissertation (Anthropology) - Squatting in Fiji (2005)
  • Catherine Buck - 480 Dissertation (Anthropology) - Tongan Music and the Pacific Festival of Arts (2005)
  • Aliti Vunisea - MA (Geography) - Women and Fishing in Fiji (With Professor Randolph Thaman) (1989)
  • Tahir Munshi - MA (Geography) - Geographical Education in Fiji (With Professor W.C. Clarke) (1986)
  • University of the South Pacific (1983-1996) - supervised around 10 400-level research papers including those on Rotuman Island Development, Population and Development, Informal Sector, Health and Literacy in Urban Fijian villages, Impact of Industrialisation on Villages
  • At Monash University and the University of Papua New Guinea (1975-1980) - joint supervisor for a number of post-graduate theses including those on Aboriginal Housing in New South Wales, The Role of Women in the Informal Sector, and Rural village Development

Research Grants and Awards

  • 2011-2013 – University of Otago Research Grant – 'Urban squatters in the Fiji Qoliqoli'
  • 2011-2012 – Humanities Research Grants – 'Poverty in Fiji' – film project
  • 2007-2008 – University of Otago Research Grant - 'Measuring Trust in the Pacific' (with David Fielding and Stephen Knowles - Economics)
  • 2006 – University of Otago Research Grant - 'Making Poverty History; global poverty strategies and their appropriateness to the Pacific'
  • 2005 – Humanities Research Grant - 'Environmental Governance in the Pacific: Anthropological Notions of the Gifting of Aid'
  • 2005 – Research Cluster on Poverty and Development. Research project on 'Poverty, Inequality and Development' (contributing researcher)
  • 2005 – Research Cluster on History, Health and Hybridity. Research Project on 'History, Health and Hybridity in the Pacific'. (contributing researcher)

Research Clusters

  • Pacific Studies Research Cluster - joint co-ordinator with Professor Glenn Summerhayes
  • Poverty, Inequality and Development Research Cluster - member

Distinctions

  • Co-Director, University of Otago 48th Foreign Policy School (2013). ‘Pacific Geopolitics in the 21st Century’
  • Overseas Visiting Scholarship, St Johns College, University of Cambridge, Lenten Term (January-April 2010)
  • Co-Director, University of 40th Otago Foreign Policy School (2005) Otago. June 2005 ‘Human Security and Development’

International Boards

  • Member, Governing Board, Commonwealth Human Ecology Council, London (1992-2010)
  • Member, Scientific Committee for Comparative Research on Poverty (CROP), International Social Science Council (1998-2003)
  • Member, Poverty Advisory Committee, Government of Fiji (1995-1997)

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Publications

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016). [Review of the book Oceanian journeys and sojourns: Home thoughts abroad]. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 125(1), 61-65. [Book Review].

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016, February). Climate change and health in the Pacific region: How people adapt and what should be NZ/Aotearoa’s involvement. Verbal presentation at the Public Health Summer School: Climate Crisis: A Public Health Response, Wellington, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016, February). The true meaning of sustainable development: Pacific nations and SDG Goal 11. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Geographical Interactions, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016). Human & environmental security: What the Pacific can teach NZ & Australia about climate change [Policy Brief Series 2016/2]. Christchurch, New Zealand: MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury. 4p.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016, June). Community responses to floods in Fiji: lessons learned. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response in the MENA Region and Asia: Rising to the Challenge, Middle East Asia Project (MAP). Retrieved from http://www.mideasti.org/content/map/community-responses-floods-fiji-lessons-learned

Edited Book - Research

Bryant-Tokalau, J., & Frazer, I. (Eds.). (2006). Redefining the Pacific? Regionalism past, present and future. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate, 207p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Bryant-Tokalau, J., & Campbell, J. (2014). Coping with floods in urban Fiji: Responses and resilience of the poor. In M. Sakai, E. Jurriëns, J. Zhang & A. Thornton (Eds.), Disaster relief in the Asia Pacific: Agency and resilience. (pp. 132-146). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2013). Le visage changeant du Pacifique urbain. Réflexions à partir du cas fidjien. In D. Dussy & E. Wittersheim (Eds.), Villes invisibles: Anthropologie urbaine du Pacifique. (pp. 45-74). Paris: L'Harmattan.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2009). Trade, aid or what? Reflections on development and security. In J. Leckie (Ed.), Development in an insecure and gendered world: The relevance of the millennium goals. (pp. 227-238). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Frazer, I., & Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2006). Introduction: The uncertain future of Pacific regionalism. In J. Bryant-Tokalau & I. Frazer (Eds.), Redefining the Pacific? Regionalism past, present and future. (pp. 1-23). Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate.

Frazer, I., & Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2006). Epilogue: Future uncertain? In J. Bryant-Tokalau & I. Frazer (Eds.), Redefining the Pacific? Regionalism past, present and future. (pp. 175-177). Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate.

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Journal - Research Article

Bryant-Tokalau, J. J. (2014). Urban squatters and the poor in Fiji: Issues of land and investment in coastal areas. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 55(1), 54-66. doi: 10.1111/apv.12043

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2012). Twenty years on: Poverty and hardship in urban Fiji. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 168(2-3), 195-218.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2011). Artificial and recycled islands in the Pacific: Myths and mythology of ″Plastic fantastic″. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 120(1), 71-86.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2010). Living in the Qoliqoli: Urban squatting on the Fiji foreshore. Pacific Studies, 33, 1-20.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2008). From summitry to panarchy: Issues of global, regional and indigenous environmental governance in the Pacific. borderlands e-journal, 7(3). Retrieved from http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol7no3_2008/bryant_panarchy.htm

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2008). The Qoliqoli in town: Traditional fishing grounds and squatting in urban Fiji. Indigenous Policy, 19(1). Retrieved from http://www.indigenouspolicy.org/xviv-1/xviv-1-articles.htm#bryant

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2004). Governance of poverty and environment in the Pacific: Where are the experts? Sites, 1(2), 24-55.

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Journal - Research Other

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016). [Review of the book Oceanian journeys and sojourns: Home thoughts abroad]. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 125(1), 61-65. [Book Review].

Bennett, J., Brunton, M., Bryant-Tokalau, J., Sopoaga, F., Weaver, N., & Witte, G. (2013). Pacific Research Protocols from the University of Otago. Contemporary Pacific, 25(1), 95-124.

Frazer, I., & Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2005). Redefining the Pacific? New Zealand International Review, 30(1), 17-21.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2004). [Review of the book Beyond the reef: The transformation of a Micronesian community]. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 113(4), 389-392.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Kumaran, D., Bryant, J., & Vega, L. A. (2001). Renewable energy service companies for rural electrification in Fiji. Proceedings of the American Solar Energy Society Forum. [CD-ROM] Washington, DC: ASES. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2009). The Fijian Qoliqoli and urban squatting in Fiji: What NZAID is not seeing. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Studies Association. Retrieved from http://www.nzsa.co.uk/conferences.htm

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2008). Fiji's urban future: The harsh reality of squatting, inequality and rural transformation. In A. Thornton & A. McGregor (Eds.), Southern Perspectives on Development: Dialogue or Division? Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network. (pp. 494). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2005). Keeping while giving: Anthropological notions of environmental ″governance″. Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the European Society for Oceanists. (pp. 59). [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016, February). Climate change and health in the Pacific region: How people adapt and what should be NZ/Aotearoa’s involvement. Verbal presentation at the Public Health Summer School: Climate Crisis: A Public Health Response, Wellington, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016, February). The true meaning of sustainable development: Pacific nations and SDG Goal 11. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Geographical Interactions, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2015, November). Human & environmental security: What the Pacific can teach NZ & Australia about climate change. Invited presentation at the Pacific Regional Security Symposium: Re-thinking Regional Security: Research and Policy Nexus, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2015, June). New communities and the state in Suva, Fiji. Verbal presentation at the 10th European Society for Oceanists (ESFO) Conference: Europe and the Pacific, Brussels, Belgium.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2015, November). Reforming Fiji's land tenure: Far more complex than 'the size of the prize'! Verbal presentation at the Islands and Oceans Conference: Navigating Pacific Futures, Auckland, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2014, November). NZ’s changing role in the Pacific [Roundtable discussion: Policy]. Verbal presentation at the Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DevNet) Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2014, December). Artificial islands in the Pacific: The historical and future realities of floating communities. Verbal presentation at the 21st Pacific History Biennial Conference: Lalan, Chalan, Tala, Ara: Path: Reconnecting Pacific-Asia Histories, Taipei and Taitung, Taiwan.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2011, August-September). Interpreting the qoliqoli: Sustenance for Fiji's urban poor? Verbal presentation at the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IGB) Annual International Conference, London, UK.

Dawson, J., Ruru, J., Aiono-Le Tagaloa, F., Iati, I., & Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2011, September). Customary land tenure within a framework of state law [Panel discussion]. Verbal presentation at the Inaugural Pacific Legal Issues Week Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2008, November). Urban poverty, squatting and environmental stress in Fiji. Verbal presentation at the Otago International Health Research Network Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2006, November-December). Fiji's urban future: The harsh reality of squatting, inequality and rural transformation. Verbal presentation at the DEV NET Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network Biennial Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.devnet.org.nz/conf2006/index.html

Bryant-Tokalau, J., Moore, C., Douglas, B., & Campbell, I. (2006, December). The contemporary Pacific [Panel discussion]. Panel discussion at the 17th Pacific History Association Biennial Conference: Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa (The Great Ocean of Kiwa-Oceania), Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2003, November). Governance of poverty and environment in the Pacific: Where are the experts? Verbal presentation at the Association of Social Anthropologists Aoteraroa/New Zealand Annual Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2001, November). Environmental governance in Melanesia: Does SPREP need Melanesia more than Melanesia needs SPREP? Verbal presentation at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Symposium of the Research School of Pacific Studies, ANU, Canberra, Australia.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2000, July). The environment in crisis or crisis and the environment? Keeping environment on the agenda in times of significant change. Verbal presentation at the PINA Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists and Joint APFEJ/CEJA Congress, Nadi, Fiji.

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Film/Video/CD Rom

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (director, narrator), Irwin, J. (camera man, editor), & Newman, E. (editor) (2008). Making poverty history? The Fiji squatter story [Film]. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago.

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016). Human & environmental security: What the Pacific can teach NZ & Australia about climate change [Policy Brief Series 2016/2]. Christchurch, New Zealand: MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury. 4p.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2010). The Fijian Qoliqoli and urban squatting in Fiji: Righting an historical wrong? [Working Paper No. 12]. Geelong, Australia: Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University. 10p.

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2008). Otago University Response to Kiribati Request for Assistance: Background Paper. Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Research Cluster, University of Otago.

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Other Research Output

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2016, June). Community responses to floods in Fiji: lessons learned. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response in the MENA Region and Asia: Rising to the Challenge, Middle East Asia Project (MAP). Retrieved from http://www.mideasti.org/content/map/community-responses-floods-fiji-lessons-learned

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2015, October). Fiji: Community and poverty. International Issues and Experiences Series, University of the Third Age, Queenstown, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2015, June). Unraveling the complexities of Fiji's urban land. University Club, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2013, January). Interpreting the qoliqoli: Sustenance for Fiji's urban poor? Spring Seminar, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. [Invited Seminar].

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2013, May). A Pacific geographer's search for a 'useful' life: Coastal land research in Fiji. Guest speaker at the Dunedin Club, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2012, September) Is there any such thing as poverty in the Pacific? Tides of Research within the Pacific Course, University of the Third Age, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2011, May). Coping with floods in urban Fiji: Responses and resilience of the poor. University of New South Wales, Asia Pacific Seminar Series, Canberra, Australia. [Invited Seminar].

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2011, August). Where land and water meet: Interpreting the qoliqoli. School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies: Te Tumu, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Bryant-Tokalau, J. (2010, January). Living in the Qoliqoli: Urban squatting in Fiji. Centre for Pacific Island Studies Seminar, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI. [Public Seminar].

Anae, M., Fairbairn-Dunlop, P., Gegeo, D., Bryant-Tokalau, J., Waring, M., Cave, J., & Scott, K. (2008). Building Pacific research capacity and scholarship in Aotearoa, New Zealand Fono: Final report. 62p. University of Auckland: Auckland, New Zealand. [Conference Report].

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