(Offering Anthropology, Geography, History, Politics and Sociology courses)
Dr. Anita Latai-Niusulu
BA BEd C.Qld, PGDipArts MA PhD Otago
I have many research interests and these range from geographic based issues such as perceptions and experiences of environmental changes, human resilience to climate change and other environmental challenges, coastal resource management and adaptation, mobility, urban and children’s geographies, environmental impact assessment, environmental governance and related issues, nature-based solutions, to research methodologies such as qualitative research approaches etc
2021 Member of Kahui and Associate Researcher, Victoria University of Wellington Marsden funded project, Nature-based Urban design for Wellbeing and Adaptation in Oceania (NUWAO)
Principal Researcher, University of Auckland funded project, Climate related mobilities in the Asia-Pacific region: Samoa
UNESCAP funded project, Developing Policy Paper for Disaster Responsive Social Protection in Samoa
UNESCO funded project, Developing Training Module/ Toolkit on Gender Equity Norms Behaviour and Attitudes on Domestic Violence/ Intimate Partner Violence in Samoa
Associate Researcher, NUS-UREC funded project, The impact of COVID- 19 on well-being in Samoa- case of National University of Samoa (NUS)
2020 Principal Researcher, NUS- UREC funded research, Researching children’s perceptions of climate change and other environmental changes in Samoa
Otago University funded Project, Childhood in a changing Pacific (Phase II)
Associate Researcher, UN funded research, Women in Leadership in Samoa, 2019
2019 Principal Researcher, Otago University funded Project, Childhood in a changing Pacific (Phase 1)
Principal Researcher, Otago University funded project (part of PhD studies), Exploring resilience of Samoan communities to climate change and other environmental challenges
Principal Researcher, NUS- UREC funded research, Exploring informal settlements in the Apia Urban Area
Principal Researcher, Oceania Development Network funded research, Investigating informal settlements in Pacific urban areas: case studies of Apia and Pago Pago
Reports, edited journals and Conference Proceedings
Tauaa, T.S., Johnson-Nokise, L.J., Maliko, S., Ah-SiuMaliko, M., LataiNiusulu, A (eds). (2020) Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, Volume 6, NUS: Apia.
Freeman, C; Schaff, M. Ergler, C; Kivalu, M; LataiNiusulu, A; Taua’a, S and Mailo, H., (2020).,Tamaiti ma suiga i le Pasefika: Childhood in a changing Pacific- Summary Research Report, University of Otago: Dunedin.
Tauaa, T.S., Johnson-Nokise, L.J., Maliko, S., Ah-SiuMaliko, M., LataiNiusulu, A (eds). (2019) Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, Volume 5, NUS: Apia.
Seve, F.S., Akeli, T.S., LataiNiusulu, A and Mataia Milo, L., (eds) (2018) Proceedings of the Samoa Conference IV, 2018- Our heritage, our future: fostering sustainable development through leadership, innovation and collaboration, NUS: Apia.
Tauaa, T.S., Maliko, S., Ah-SiuMaliko, M., LataiNiusulu, A (eds). (2018) Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, Volume 4, NUS: Apia.
Kiddle, L. G; Bakineti, T; Latai-Niusulu, A; Missack, W; Zari, M.P; Kiddle, R; Chanse, V; Blaschke, P and Loubser, D. (2021) ‘Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation and wellbeing in urban areas: evidence and opportunities from Kiribati, Samoa and Vanuatu’, Frontiers in Environmental Science, Vol 9: 1-11.
Westoby, R; Clissold, R; McNamara, K; LataiNiusulu, A and Chandra, A. (2021) ‘Cascading loss and loss risk multipliers amid a changing climate in the Pacific islands, Ambio: A Journal of Environment and Development, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01640-9
Ergler, C. R; Freeman, C and Latai, A. (2020) ‘Samoan children’s sense of place: experiential landscapes in an urban village’, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol 61: Issue 3. 391- 398. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/apv.12263?af=R
Latai- Niusulu, A; Binns, J.A and Nel, E. (2020) ‘Positionality and protocol in field research: undertaking community- based investigations in Samoa, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Vol 61: Issue 1. 71- 84.
Latai- Niusulu, A; Binns, J.A and Nel, E. (2019) ‘Climate change and community resilience in Samoa’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 41: 40-60.
Latai- Niusulu, A. (2019) ‘Environmental challenges and the resilience of Samoan communities’, Proceedings of the Samoa Conference IV: 4- 6 September 2018, National University of Samoa.
Latai- Niusulu, A. (2017) ‘Challenging the notion of vulnerable islands: a review of paradigms in the climate change literature, Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, Vol 4, 3-22
Latai- Niusulu, A. (2017), ‘Transformations to faamatai (Samoan chiefly system): implications for climate change resilience in Samoa’, Journal of Samoan Studies, Vol 8: 14- 24
Latai- Niusulu, A. (2015) ‘The role of institutions in place-making and securing livelihoods for urban residents in Samoa: exploring resettlement programmes at Sogi and Taufusi’, Journal of Samoan Studies, Vol 5: 54- 71
Latai, A. (2011) ‘Gathering Samoan coastal information- an insider perspective’, Journal of Samoan Studies, Vol 4: 31- 48
Latai, A. (2011) ‘Toe timata le upega: a critique of coastal governance in Samoa’, Environment Forum- Proceedings of the 2010 National Environment Forum No. 12: 28- 35
Latai, A (2006) ‘Faa-Samoa: finding a voice within the English curriculum’, Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies No. 56/57: 50-63
Latai, A (2005) ‘Benjamin S Bloom 1913- 1999: a symbolic interactionist’, Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, Vol 3: 26- 29
Assoc. Prof. Tuiloma Susana Taua’a
DipEnvStud NUS, BA MA (Hons) Flin. PhD NUS
Research interests and areas of expertise reflect a broad spectrum of topical issues pertaining to the social and economic well-being of Pacific people, particularly the gendered aspects of labor markets, transport, natural catastrophes and disasters; land tenure practices and resource management issues in Samoa and Small Island Developing States. Other research areas include and not limited to the following:
-Spatial Extent and Intensity of Socio-Economic Change in the Pacific (Samoa).
-Entrepreneurship in the informal economy
-Transport Geography and Urban Planning
– Rural Development and Land Use Changes in Samoa
-Trade, Tourism and the Informal Economy
-Soil and Land Erosion
-Climate Change and Health
-Water Resources Management
July2021 – August 2022 The Impact of climate change on small holder farmers: A case study from Samoa
January 2018 -September 2017 Rainwater Harvesting in Samoa
January 2016 – December 2016 Impact of improved road infrastructure on selected urban communities in Samoa.
January 2015 – December 2015 Ageing and the non-contributory pension in Samoa
January 2010- December 2010 Women in the informal Sector in Samoa
Tauaa,S. and Penaia,F. (2021). Exploring the impact of a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) qualified person on the socioeconomic wellbeing of the household: A case study from Samoa.Asia Pacific Viewpoint. Published online https://doi.org/10.1111/apv.12313
Freeman, C; Schaaef, M; Ergler,C ; Kivalu, MJ; Latai-Niusulu,A; Taua’a, S and Tanielu, H. (2020). Childhood in a Changing Pacific.Summary Research Report. Children’s Geographies. In Press
Taua’a, S. and Schoeffel,P. (2019). Town as village: Urbanization, Governance and Neotraditionalism in Samoa. The Journal of Samoan Studies, volume 9, pp7-20. (http://samoanstudies.ws/storage/2019/12/JSS-Volumw-9-2019_November-2019_FINAL.pdf
Taua’a, S. (2018). Climate change opportunities for small island developing states (SIDS) – the Samoan experience. The Journal of Samoan Studies , volume 8, pp. 6-13. http://samoanstudies.ws/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/JSS-Vol-8-2018FINAL.pdf
Taua’a, S. (2018). An impact study of improved road infrastructure on urban communities in Samoa. Journal of Pacific Studies.Volume 38, Issue 1,pp.72-98 https://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=22807 or https://www.usp.ac.fj/fileadmin/files/Institutes/jps/Volumes/Volume_38_No_1_2018/Paper_-_An_Impact_Case_Study_of_Improved_Road_Infrastructure_on_Urban_Communities_in_Samoa.pdf
Taua’a, S (2018). Rainwater Harvesting in Samoa: A Case in Point. Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa.https://www.nus.edu.ws/s/files/JAFNUS_2018.pdf
Taua’a, S (2018). A Glimpse into Samoa’s political, economic and social landscape since 1982.Development Bulletin Issue 80.Crawford School of Public Policy. The Australian National University,Canberra. athttps://Crawford.anu.edu.au/rmap/devnet/dev-bulletin.php
Taua’a, S (2018). ‘Payments for Ecosystem Services’ in Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in Coastal Communities, ed Walter Leal Filho. Springer International Publishing AG 2018 https://books.google.ws/books?isbn=3319707035 OR https://books.google.ws/books?id=hERADwAAQBAJ&pg=PA357&lpg=PA357&dq=Susana+Tauaa+Payments+for+Ecosystems+Services+SPringer&source=bl&ots=GM453YtadQ&sig=46AN8qZpMtGeA0vFxS2NJXrVSSs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjfwZOnlsLZAhUN-GMKHVGZD_QQ6AEIKTAB#v=onepage&q=Susana%20Tauaa%20Payments%20for%20Ecosystems%20Services%20SPringer&f=false
Taua’a, S (2017). ‘Issues of Water Resources Management and Usage in Samoa.’Journal of Pollution Effects and Control 5:198( DOI: 10,4176/2375-4397.1000198.
Taua’a, S (2017). Toso le Pa, Sa le Fanua o le Pine Fa’amauina o le Pule i eleelefa’aleaganu’u. Measina a Samoa.Volume 7.Proceedings of Measina Conference 2016.
Taua’a, S. (2016). ‘ICT and the Elderly’ in Belonging vs Property: Oceanias’ New Relationships with their Land and their Environment. Universite de la Nouvelle-Caledonie. http://repository.usp.ac.fj/9558/1/Mining_Sector_in_Fiji.pdf
Taua’a, S. (2015). ‘The Impact of Rural Access Roads in Samoa: The case of Vaitele Street (Lalovaea-Lepea) and other Selected Roads.’ The Journal of Samoan Studies 5:35-53.
Taua’a, S. (2015). ‘Impact of Water and Sanitation Developments in the last 5 Years: Gauging community and user-level perspectives’. The Samoa Water and Sanitation Journal 1(2): 62-84.
Taua’a, S. (2014). ‘Water Attitudes, Consumption and Waste at the Household level’. The Samoa Water and Sanitation Journal 1(1):1-31.
Taua’a, S. (2014). ‘The Samoan Fa’amatai System: Social Protection and Governance Issues’ The Journal of Pacific Studies, 34: 59-74.
Taua’a, S. (2013). ‘Tourism Issues in the Pacific’ Pp. 153-163 in Politics, Development and Security in Oceania,eds D. Hegarty and D. Tryon. Canberra: ANU E Press.
Liki-Chan Tung,A; D. Uelese Amosa; and Taua’a, S (2013). ‘Women in Samoa’s Civil Service’ Small States Digest. Commonwealth Secretariat. Issue 1: 2013 http://repository.usp.ac.fj/7701/1/LCT_AMOSA_%26_TAUAA_-_SmallStatesDigestIssue1-2013.pdf
Taua’a, S. (2011). ‘Aging and the non-contributory pension scheme in Samoa.’ The Journal of Samoan Studies 4:17-29.
Taua’a, S. (2010). ‘Women in the Informal Sector: The Samoan Experience’. The Journal of Samoan Studies 3:55-65.
Taua’a, S. (2005). ‘Women’s Role in Economic Development’.Journal of the Faculty of Arts National University of Samoa 3:6-25.
Dr. Mercy Ah Siu-Maliko
Gender, Mental Health, Family Violence, Indigenous research, public theology, public sociology
Ah Siu – Maliko, M. (2021). Indigenous Knowledge and Gender in a Moana Public Theology Framework. Journal of Arts Faculty at the National University of Samoa, vol 7, pp. 65 – 75
Ah Siu-Maliko, M. (2021). Embodying Aga Tausili (Values): A Public Theology from Oceania. Lanham/London: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic.
Taupi, Lafaitele Fualuga & Ah Siu-Maliko, M. (2021) The History of the Samoa Methodist Women’s Fellowship – O le Au UsoMetotisi
Ah Siu-Maliko, M. (2019). Tatala le Ta’ui a le Atua : Rolling Out the Fine Mat of Scripture. Dunedin: Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago, http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9604
Ah Siu-Maliko, M. (2016). Christian Faith and Family Violence: A Report for Samoan Communities in New Zealand. Web based resource. Centre for Theology and Public Issues. www.otago.ac.nz/ctpi/resources/otago609049.html
Ah Siu-Maliko, M. (2016). Fa’atuatuagaKerisiano ma Sauaga i totonu o Aiga :RipotimoTagataLautele o Samoa i Niusila.” www.otago.ac.nz/ctpi/resources/otago609049.html
Ma’ilo Helen Tanielu
Room 212, Lepapaigalagala Campus, Moso’oiBldg
P.O. Box 1622, Apia, Samoa
P: +685 20072 ext. 307, +685 7648323
BA, MA(Hons) Auck, PGDipEd Canb.
Currently on PDL for PhD studies.
MCIL and National University of Samoa.(2021-Present).Rapid Assessment of Children Working on the Streets of Apia, Samoa. Researcher
Centre for Samoan Studies, NUS affiliated project with the Institute for Global Health, University College London, UK. (2020-present).Evidence for Violence prevention in the Extreme (EVE Project).Researcher author collaborator.Research trainer for project.
Pacific Health Dialogue. (February 2021-present). Peer Reviewer of articles in the areas of Gender Based Violence (GBV), Violence against women and girls (VAWG), Intimate Partner violence (IPV) and Domestic Violence (CV) in Samoa and the Pacific.
UNESCO & NUS Spotlight Initiative.(2020-present).Gender Based Violence and Indigenous methods to reduce GBV.Evaluation expert researcher.
University of Otago.(2020). Childhood in a changing Pacific (Phase 2). Researcher
Centre for Samoan Studies, NUS and United Nations (2019). Women in Leadership in Samoa, preliminary.Researcher and author of Annotated Bibliography.
Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Samoa.(2018). External Review for History and social studies subject areas. External reviewer
Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Samoa. (2016- Present). Moderator and Examiner for SSLC and SSC History exams.
National University of Samoa. (2016). Young people’s perceptions on Gender Based Violence and religion in Samoa: A preliminary investigation. UREC funded. Principle Researcher.
National University of Samoa. (2014). Stress and Coping amongst young people. UREC funded. PrincipleResearcher.
University of Auckland.(2014-2018). Pacific mCessation Implementation research project – Evaluation study.Samoan Consultant Advisor.
Mannell, J., Amaama, S.A., Boodoosingh, R., Brown, L., Calderon, M., Cowley-Malcolm, E., Lowe, H., Motta, A., Shannon, G., Tanielu, H., Cortez-Vergara, C. (2021).Decolonizing violence against women research: a study design for co-developing violence prevention interventions with communities in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).BMC Public Health. 21(1147), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11172-2
Umali, E., Tanielu, H., Whittaker, R., Sugden, C., & McCool, J. (2021). I Keep Looking at What I’m Doing to My Organs: Samoans’ Responses to Adapted Anti-Tobacco Television Advertisements. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1177/10105395211020920
Freeman,C., Schaaf,M.,Ergler,C., Kivalu,M.,Latai-Niusulu,A., Taua’a,S and Tanielu,H. (2020). Childhood in a changing Pacific: Summary Research Report. University of Otago.
McCool, J. Dobson, R. Muinga, N. Paton, C. Pagliari, C. Agawal, S. Labrique, A. Tanielu, H. Whittaker, R. (2020). Factors influencing the sustainability of digital health interventions in low-resource settings: Lessons from five countries. Journal of Global Health. 10(2):020396. https://DOI:10.7189/jogh.10.020396
Tanielu, H., Taavao, M. (2019). Stress responses of Samoan students at the National University of Samoa: Focus Group findings. Proceedings of the Samoa Conference IV, 2018. Centre for Samoan studies, National University of Samoa.
Umali, E., Tanielu, H., Whittaker, R, McCool, Sugden, C., J. Umali. (PREPRINT_2020). I keep looking at what I’m doing to my organs: Samoans responses to adapted anti-tobacco television advertisements. Research Square. DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-21498/v1
Tanielu, H. (2019). Stress Responses of Samoans students at the National University of Samoa: focus group findings. Samoa Conference IV Proceedings. NUS
Whittaker R., Umali E., Tanielu H., McCool J. (2019). TXTTaofiTapaa: pilot trial of a Samoan mobile phone smoking cessation programme. Journal of Global Health Reports. Volume 3: e2019035.
Tanielu, H. (2018). Samoan Young people talk about Gender based violence. JAFNUS: Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa. Vol 4, December.
McCool, J. Tanielu, H. Umali., E. Whittaker, R. (2018). Assessing the Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Translation of a Text-Based Mobile Smoking Cessation Program in Samoa (TXTTaofiTapaa): Pilot Study. JMIR MhealthUhealth. 6(8):e173. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30170994
Newcombe, D., Tanielu, H., Taufa, S., &Nosa, V., (2018). Substance misuse stories among Pacific peoples in New Zealand. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 14 (1), 68-79, DOI:10.1080/1177083X.2018.1528991
Tanielu, H. McCool, J. Umali, E., Whittaker, R. (2017). Samoan Smokers Talk about Smoking and Quitting: A Focus Group Study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 29 June. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntx152
Newcombe, D., Tanielu-Stowers, H., McDermott, R., Stephen, J &Nosa, V., (2016). ASSIST amongst Pacific people in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, Vol. 45 No.1, April.
Tanielu, H. (2019). ‘My country is starving,’ ‘the bane of my existence,’ ‘who will hear my voice’ (poems). TalanoaFogafala. University of Auckland.
BA Well, Cert IV TAE APTC, BA(Hons) MA VUW
Student Voice, student advocacy and student support.
Youth and gender.
Co-founder and Coordinator of the Peer2Peer Initiative Group
UREC Project: “The impact of Covid 19 on well-being at National University of Samoa (NUS)”
MCIL Project: “Follow up Survey in reference to the Rapid Assessment survey 2017 on the street vendors in Samoa”
SIHEG Project: “Student impact on Higher Education Globally”
Filoi, R. (2022), Disney, Little Women, and Me. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol 81 (1), pp. 225-237. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajes.12453
MA Thesis – “Students’ Perceptions of higher education in Sāmoa: Finagalofa’aalia o alo ma fanaua’oa’oinaileIunivesetēAoao o Sāmoa” https://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10063/9322/ thesis_access.pdf?sequence=1
Filoi, R. (2021) The Role and Potential of Student-led Initiatives in Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa. vol 7, pp. 21 – 36
Lucia Chung Kwan – Lecturer
BA DipTchg Waik., PGDipDev MDS NUS, CertIV Lead&Mngt APTC
Governance, Social History, and Education in the Pacific and Samoa.
Post-Election 2021 Survey Project
Chungkwan, L. (2019) ‘Governance in Samoa: How Samoan is it?’ Journal of the Arts Faculty at the National University of Samoa, Vol 5.
BA S.Pac, CAT NUS
Currently on PDL for PG studies.
Impacts of the Family Institution in Academic Journey of Students/Children
English as a Second Language Learning
Safe spaces in classroom context to enhance student learning abilities
UREC Research: Case studies of Impacts of climate change on small-holder family farming in Samoa, with Tuiloma Susana Tauaa, 2021
MCIL Project- Rapid Assessment Survey: Child Vendors, Social Science Department, NUS, 2021-2022
Manuleleua, G. (2018). Positive Impacts of Enhancing Quality Knowledge and Proficient Usage of the English Language across Samoan Society. Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, vol. 4, pp. 67-81. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iItTV19eZQLQLd_ZIwlfEmD072hvyeR3/view
Manuleleua, G. (2020). The Impact of Parental Support on Academic Prospects of Children. Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, vol. 6, pp. 37-56, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SzQjoKmxKm2hN-gYeRPC16T4TvVNkmoB/view.
Manuleleua, G. (2021). International Aid Donors in Samoa and their Response to Impacts of COVID-19 in Samoan Society. Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, vol 7, pp. 37 – 54
Tahere Si’isi’ialafia – Mau – Lecturer (PDL)
BA S.Pac., MSocWork WI (PDL)
Currently on PDL for PhD studies.
Alataua Ah Sam
Environmental and social Issues
2020-Governance of wastewater surveillance systems to minimize the impact of COVID-19 and future epidemics: Cases across Asia-Pacific.
2021-UREC Research: The Impact of COVID-19 on well-being at NUS
MCIL Project- Rapid Assessment Survey- Child Vendor
T. Takeda, M. Kitajima, A. Abeynayaka, N.T.T. Huong, N.Q. Dinh, K. Sirikanchana, M. N, A. Ah Sam, M.Tsudaka, T. Setiadi, D.T. Hung, E. Haramoto. (2020). Governance of wastewater surveillance systems to minimize the impact of COVID-19 and future epidemics: Cases across Asia-Pacific. Elsevier Journal, pp.116-123, https://www.elsevier.com/books-and-journals
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