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Vijay Naidu

School of Government, Development and International Affairs
University of the South Pacific


Vijay Naidu has been an academic for over 43 years, and has served USP in various capacities including Dean of Foundation Studies, Head of School of Social and Economic Development, Head of School of Government, Development and International Affairs, acting Head of School of Management and Public Administration, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Acting Vice Chancellor. He is now Professor of Development Studies in the School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA) and Adjunct Professor at VUW, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Vijay was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pacific Studies, and is an editorial board member of international journals including, Migration Studies (Oxford) and Asia Pacific Viewpoint (VUW) as well as member of the Oceania Collective for Research and Advocacy (OCRA). He has researched aid, development policies, ethnicity and racism, higher education, electoral politics and coups in Fiji, land tenure, MDGs, Indenture Labour, migration, urbanisation, informal settlements, the post-colonial state, poverty, social protection and human security, child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children, Samoan taro blight, small island states and globalisation. Vijay is also is an Executive Committee member of the Oceania Development Network (ODN) and until December, 2013 was a member of the Global Development Network (GDN) Board.

Research Interest

2007 UNDP Pacific Centre, Suva, MDGs and Civil Society project (With ECREA, Fr. Kevin Barr) FJD$90,000, 2008 EU Office, Suva, Mapping of Non-State Actors in Fiji (with Dr M.Mohanty) Euros 5,000, 2008-9 ECREA and CARITAS (Australia), Prison Reforms (with Dr S. Ratuva and Dr M. Reddy) FJD$ 30,000, 2009 UNESCAP Social Protection in the Pacific (with Dr Manoranjan Mohanty) FJD$16,000, 2009 UNESCAP Social Exclusion in Fiji FJD$ 8,000, 2012, UNDP, Post-2015 Development Framework USD$ 10,000, 2012, Minority Rights Group International Euros 10,000

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