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Associate Professor Jenny Bryant-Tokalau

Jenny Bryant-Tokalau ImageHonorary Associate Professor

BA (Otago); MA (UPNG); PhD (Monash)
Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Otago
Adjunct Professor, University of the South Pacific, Fiji

Research areas

Jenny Bryant-Tokalau is a Geographer who has worked and lived in the Pacific for over four decades, teaching and researching in Papua New Guinea and Fiji, as well as managing UNDP projects in sustainable development, and for the GEF throughout the region.

Her work encompasses poverty and inequality, urbanisation, changing environments and the interaction between humans and their environments. Most recently her focus has been on the agency of Pacific Islanders in the face of not only climate change, but also external, and frequently inappropriate, issues around international aid.

Jenny has retired from Te Tumu at the University of Otago but continues to carry out consultancy and advisory work, as well as serving on several of editorial boards and commissions.

Recent publications

Bryant-Tokalau, J. 2020. In Press. Indigenous responses to environmental challenges: artificial islands and the challenges of relocation’ Chapter in Islands of Hope D’Arcy, Paul. ANU Press, Canberra
Dunlop-Bennett, E., Bryant-Tokalau, J., & Dowell, A. 2019. When you ask the fish: Child wellbeing through the eyes of Samoan children. International Journal of Wellbeing, 9(4), 97-120. doi:10.5502/ijw.v9i4.1005
Bryant-Tokalau, J. 2018. Indigenous Pacific Approaches to Climate Change: Pacific Island Countries. Palgrave Studies in Disaster Anthropology, Springer International Publishing (May 2018) ISBN 978-3-319-78398-7
Bryant-Tokalau, J. 2018. Dua tu ga? - Everything is the same - or is it? Development Bulletin. Special Issue No. 80 ‘Pacific Reflections: Personal Perceptions of Aid and Development’. ANU Development Studies Network. Canberra pp: 34-37.
Bryant-Tokalau, J. 2018. ‘Bisnis in Context’ Unlocking the Potential for Sustainable Commercial Use of Land in Solomon Islands. New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research. 75 pp. https://cpb-ap-se2.wpmucdn.com/sites.nzipr.ac.nz/dist/c/2/files/2018/11/Bisnis-in-Context-ISBN-978-0-473-46422-6_-1q1x3ls.pdf

Recent conferences

Bryant-Tokalau, J. 2018. Pacific Climate Change and Security Wānanga, Institute of Security Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Ministry of Defence, Massey University, Tuesday 22 May.
Bryant-Tokalau, J. 2018. Coastal Cities, Inundation, Land Tenure and Identity: Fiji. Presentation to New Zealand Studies Association 24th Annual Conference NZSA and University of Aveiro ‘Regional Identities and Coastal Communities of the Pacific. Portugal
Bryant-Tokalau, J. 2018. ‘Traditional Knowledge and climate change adaptation in Pacific SIDS: Solomon Islands and Fiji. ‘Livelihood Security: Dealing with Climate Change on Small Islands: towards effective and sustainable adaptation’ Hannover, Germany.

Editorial boards

Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 2016–21
Pacific Dynamics 2016–present
Fijian Studies: J of Contemporary Fiji 2004–present
Associate Editor, Kotuitui (New Zealand Journal for Social Sciences On-Line), Royal Society of New Zealand, 2018–2020.