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Dr Michael Fusi Ligaliga

BA (Brigham Young University Hawaii) MA PhD (Otago)
Samoan

Michael Ligaliga imageContact

Office 4S3 Richardson
Building, South Tower
Tel +64 3 479 8364
Email michael.ligaliga@otago.ac.nz

Research

Michael is not only a lecturer in Te Tumu, he is also an accredited mediator for the Resolution Institute for the past four years. With a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS), Michael’s research interests includes domestic and family violence, indigenous conflict resolution practices in the Pacific, peace and conflict in the Pacific, transnational crime in the Pacific, conflict and crisis in the Pacific, mediation, mediation practices in the Pacific, understanding social issues (substance abuse, alcoholism, suicide, crime rates amongst Pacific communities) from a PACS perspective. Michael research interests also include structural/direct/cultural and political violence.


Teaching

Guest Lectures in various papers including

Supervision

Current

  • Nick Perham, MIndsS, Australian Aid in Fiji: Responding to Violence Against Women

Distinctions

2018: Exceptional Thesis Award, Humanities Division, University of Otago
2017: Resolution Institute Mediation Scholarship
2017: University of Otago Pacific Island PhD Scholarship
2015: New Zealand Internal Affairs Peace and Disarmament PhD Scholarship
2011: University of Otago Pacific Island MA Scholarship
2010: University of Otago Pacific Island Bridging Scholarship

Publications

Devere, H., & Ligaliga, M. F. (2013). Covenant or contract: The Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa 1962. Journal of Pacific Studies, 33(2), 95-111.

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Publications

Ligaliga, M. F. (2018). Faa Samoa: Peacebuilder or peacebreaker? Understanding Samoa's domestic violence problem: A peace and conflict perspective. In A. Finigan, R. Richards & P. Vakaoti (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XV. (pp. 21). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/pacific

Ligaliga, M. F. (2018). Faa Samoa: Peacebuilder or peacebreaker? Understanding Samoa's domestic violence problem: A peace and conflict perspective (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/8180

Ligaliga, M. F. (2016). Faa Samoa: Peacebuilder or peacebreaker? Understanding Samoa's domestic violence issues through Galtung's typology of violence. In A. Finigan, M. Taumoepeau, I. Iati, P. Vakaoti & R. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XIII. (pp. 10). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Ligaliga, M. F. (2015). The Pacific peace paradox: A Samoa case study. In C. Matthewson, M. Taumoepeau, I. Iati, M. Inder, C. Pau & R. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XII. (pp. 23). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Devere, H., & Ligaliga, M. F. (2013). Covenant or contract: The Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa 1962. Journal of Pacific Studies, 33(2), 95-111.

Journal - Research Article

Devere, H., & Ligaliga, M. F. (2013). Covenant or contract: The Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa 1962. Journal of Pacific Studies, 33(2), 95-111.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ligaliga, M. F. (2018). Faa Samoa: Peacebuilder or peacebreaker? Understanding Samoa's domestic violence problem: A peace and conflict perspective. In A. Finigan, R. Richards & P. Vakaoti (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XV. (pp. 21). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. Retrieved from https://www.otago.ac.nz/pacific

Ligaliga, M. F. (2016). Faa Samoa: Peacebuilder or peacebreaker? Understanding Samoa's domestic violence issues through Galtung's typology of violence. In A. Finigan, M. Taumoepeau, I. Iati, P. Vakaoti & R. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XIII. (pp. 10). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Ligaliga, M. F. (2015). The Pacific peace paradox: A Samoa case study. In C. Matthewson, M. Taumoepeau, I. Iati, M. Inder, C. Pau & R. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XII. (pp. 23). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Devere, H., & Ligaliga, M. (2013). Covenant or contract: The Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa 1962. Proceedings of the Australia New Zealand Law and History Society (ANZLHS) Conference: People, Power and Place. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/law/conferences/anzlhs.html

Ligaliga, M. F. (2012). Friend or foe? 1962 Friendship Treaty between New Zealand and Samoa: A Samoan perspective. In C. Matthewson, M. Taumoepeau, G. Burnett & I. Iati (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices IX. (pp. 39). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Ligaliga, M. F. (2018). Faa Samoa: Peacebuilder or peacebreaker? Understanding Samoa's domestic violence problem: A peace and conflict perspective (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/8180

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