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Department of Social Sciences

(Offering Anthropology, Geography, History, Politics and Sociology courses)

Staff

Associate Professor Dr. Anita Latai-Niusulu 

Contact Details

Email:  a.latai@nus.edu.ws

Academic Qualification

BA BEd C.Qld, PGDipArts MA PhD Otago

Research Interests

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

Research Profile

2022: Otago University funded Project, Negotiating Childhood around the Pacific- Rim: a multi-generational analysis.

2022: University of Newcastle/ SPREP Project: Understanding the human-mangrove relationship for resilience in Samoa- Moataa Mangrove Conservation.

2021 – 2022: Marsden funded project/ Victoria University of Wellington, Wellbeing through Nature-based Urban Design: Co-designing Climate Adaptations in Oceania project.

2021 – 2022: University of Auckland funded project, Climate related mobilities in the Asia-Pacific region: Samoa,

2021 – 2022: International Labour Organization (ILO) Rapid Assessment of Children Working on the Streets of Apia, Samoa- A pilot study.

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).

2019: Associate Researcher, UN funded research, Women in Leadership in Samoa.

2019: Principal Researcher, Otago University funded Project, Childhood in a changing Pacific (Phase 1).

2014- 2016: Principal Researcher, Otago University funded project (part of PhD studies), Exploring resilience of Samoan communities to climate change and other environmental challenges.

2011: Principal Researcher, NUS- UREC funded research, Exploring informal settlements in the Apia Urban Area.

2010: 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 papers published in Conference Proceedings

Tauaa, T.S., Ah-Siu Maliko, M., Latai Niusulu, A., Mataia-Milo, S.L., Tanielu, M, H., Senio-Chung Kwan, L., Filoi, R., Ah Sam, A and Manuleleua, G., (2022).  Rapid assessment survey of child vendors in Samoa- 2022, MCIL: Apia.

Fuller, S., Tsujita, M., Latai-Nuisulu, A., Latu, F., Everingham, P., and Wright, S., with the Moata’a Aualuma. 2022. Understanding the human-mangrove relationship for resilience in Samoa: Findings from the Moata’a household survey. SPREP, Apia, Samoa.

Tauaa, T.S., Johnson-Nokise, L.J., Maliko, S., Ah-Siu Maliko, M., Latai Niusulu, A (eds). (2022) Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, Volume 8, NUS: Apia.

Latai Niusulu, A., Taua’a, S., Mataia-Milo, L and Carter, G., 2021, Disaster Responsive Social Protection in Samoa- policy paper, UNESCAP, Apia.

Tauaa, T.S., Johnson-Nokise, L.J., Maliko, S., Ah-Siu Maliko, M., Latai Niusulu, A (eds). (2021) Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, Volume 7, NUS: Apia.

Thaman, Randolph R. and Tipama’a, F.F. and Paniani, T.M. and Leavasa, M.A. and Foliga, Tumutalie and Iese, C. and Fuimaono, E. and Fuatai, F.I. and Latai, A. and Malaki, Ioane and Iosefa, M.T. and Va’a, A.N. and Seru, T.T. and Cable, B. and Gravelle, Gabriel (2009) Report of the terrestrial environmental assessment team (TEAT). [Professional and Technical Reports] UNESCO

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.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Latai Niusulu, A. (2023) Climate change and sustainable development in the Pacific- the case of Samoa, A Critical Handbook of Indigenous Development, Routledge.

Latai Niusulu, A., Taua’a S., Kiddle G.L., Pedersen Zari M., Blaschke, P., Chanse, V., (2022) Traditional nature-based architecture and landscape design: lessons from Samoa and wider Oceania.  In: Rastandeh A., (ed.) Creating resilient landscapes in an era of climate change: global case studies and real- world solutions.

Articles

Hadfield-Hill, S., Finn, M., Dudman, J., Ergler, C., Freeman, C., Hayes, T. A., Jarman, P., Leon, L., Lazaro, M. C., Latai-Niusulu, A. Oza, E., Robson, E., Rosen, R. L., Schaaf, M., Taua’a, S., Tanielu, H. and Walker, L. (2023). ‘Expanding the scope of ethical research with and for children and young people- six viewpoints on crisis, cross-cultural working and reciprocity’, Children’s Geographies, https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2023.2259331

Latai Niusulu, A., Taulealo, T. and Connell, J. (2023). ‘Burn like hot stones’: Children’s perceptions of environmental change in Samoa.  Island Studies Journal. https://doi.org/10.24043/001c.88472

Latai-Niusulu, A; Tsujita, M and Neef, A., (2023) Climate micro-mobilities as adaptation practice in the Pacific: the case of Samoa, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 378: 20220392, https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2022.0392

Freeman, C., Latai Niusulu, A; Ergler, C; Schaaf, M; Taua’a, S.T and Tanielu, H., (2023), Pacific Island children: the use of maps in helping better understand children’s lives, Asia Pacific Viewpoint,  https://doi.org/10.1111/apv.12379

Latai Niusulu, A; Filoi, R; Ah Sam, A; Esera, F and Ah Siu- Maliko, M., (2022), Covid 19 and well being in Samoa, Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, Vol 8: 80-108.

Freeman, C; Latai Niusulu, A; Schaaf, M; Tauaa, S; Tanielu, H; Ergler, C and Kivalu, M.J. (2022) Kinship and belonging: Pacific children’s perspectives on the diaspora, Childhood, Vol 29:4. https://doi.org/10.1177/09075682221121681

Freeman, C; Latai Niusulu, A; Schaaf, M; Tauaa, S; Tanielu, H; Ergler, C and Kivalu, M.J. (2022) Identity, belonging and place attachment amongst Pacific Island children: a photographic analysis, Children’s Geographies, https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2022.2039900

Abbott, M; Bakineti, T; Carter, L; Latai-Niusulu, A; Missack, W; Puketapu, I and Kiddle,R., (2022) Indigenous thinking about nature based solutions and climate justice, The British Academy, https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publications/indigenous-thinking-about-nature-based-solutions-and-climate-justice/

Taua’a, S; Latai Niusulu, A and Tanielu, H. (2021) Children’s perceptions of place: a case study from Samoa. Pacific- Asian Education Journal, Vol 32:1. 75-88.

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

Professor Tuiloma Dr. Susana Taua’a

Contact Details

Email:  s.tauaa@nus.edu.ws

Academic Qualification

DipEnvStud NUS, BA MA (Hons)Flin. PhD NUS

Research Interests

-Spatial Extent and Intensity of Socio-Economic Change in the Pacific (Samoa).

-Gender Stereotypes, Gender Issues in Samoan Culture

-Transport Network Analysis

– 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

Research Profile

Wellbeing through Nature-based Urban Design: Co-designing Climate Adaptations in Oceania, 2023 [Marsden Funded Project] with Victoria University Wellington and Auckland University of Technology

Family Studies Research in collaboration with Otago University 2022 [Marsden Fund] current

The impact of climate change on smallholder farmers (2022) funded by UREC: completed and considered for publication

The impact of a TVET certified person on the wellbeing of their household (2020) funded by UREC, completed and published.

Childhood Perceptions of place research with Otago University 2020 published

Rainwater harvesting in Samoa (2017) funded by UREC, completed and published.

Ageing and the non-contributory pension scheme in Samoa (2011) funded by UREC, completed and published.

Publications

Taua’a,S & Manuleleua, G. (2022). ‘Small holder farming in Samoa in relation to climate change’ in JAFNUS   volume 8: 53-79. 

Tauaa,S; Ah Siu-Maliko, M; Latai-Niusulu, A; Mataia-Milo, S, L; Tanielu, M,H; Senio-Chung-Kwan, L; Filoi,R; Ah Sam, A; and Manuleleua,G. (2022). Rapid Assessment Survey of Child Vendors in Samoa-2022.Apia.

Latai-Niusulu,A; Taua’a, S; Mataia-Milo, L;  & Carter, G. (2022). Disaster Responsive Social Protection in Samoa Policy Paper.  United Nations Educational and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific.

Latai-Niusulu, A; Taua’a,S;  Kiddle,G,L;  Pedersen,Z,M; Blashke,K,E; & Chanse,V. (2022). ‘Nature based architecture and landscape architecture : Lessons from Samoa and Wider Oceania’ in Creating Resilient Landscapes in an era of climate change: Global Case Studies and Real World Solutions. Blackwell

Leach,M; Barbra,J; Chan Mow,I; Vaai,S; Mudaliar,C; Amosa,P; Mataia-Milo,L; Tauaa,S; Imo-Seuoti,T; and Heem,V. (2022). Pacific Attitudes Survey: Samoa. Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. https://doi.org/10.1002/app5.357

Freeman,C., Latai-Niusulu, A.,Schaaf,M., Tauaa,S.,Tanielu,H.,Ergler,C.,& Kivalu,M. (2022). Kinship and belonging: Pacific children’s perspectives on the diaspora   Childhood  volume 29, Issue 4 https://doi.org/10.1177/09075682221121681

Claire Freeman, Anita Latai Niusulu, Michelle Schaaf, Tuiloma Susana Taua’a, Helen Tanielu, Christina Ergler & MaryJane Kivalu (2022) Identity, belonging and place attachment amongst Pacific Island children: a photographic analysis, Children’s Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2022.2039900

Tauaa,S., Latai-Niusulu, A., and  Tanielu,H. (2021).  Children’s   Perception of Place : A case study from  Samoa.  Pacific- Asian Education.  The Journal of the Pacific Circle Consortium for Education.  Volume 32. Pp75-88. http://www.pacificcircleconsortium.org/pae-journal.html

Taua’a,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  http://dx.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.  Otago University

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. at https://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 eleele fa’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.

  1. Liki-Chan Tung; 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.

Ma’ilo Helen Tanielu 

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details

Room 212, Lepapaigalagala Campus, Moso’oiBldg 

P.O. Box 1622, Apia, Samoa

P: +685 20072 ext. 307, +685 7648323

E: h.tanielu@nus.edu.ws, heleni.tanielu@gmail.com

Academic Qualification

BA, MA(Hons) Auck, PGDipEd Canb.

Currently on PDL for PhD studies.

Research Interests

  • Gender Based Violence (GBV), Violence against women and girls (VAWG), Intimate Partner violence (IPV) and Domestic Violence (CV) in Samoa and the Pacific.
  • Gender Equality
  • Women’s agency 
  • Stress and Coping amongst Young people in Samoa
  • Mental health
  • Drug and Alcohol use and misuse amongst Samoans and Pacific Island peoples
  • Tobacco impact in Samoa – mCessation 

Research Profile

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.

Publications

Mannell, J., Tevaga, P., Heinrich, S., Fruean, S., Chang, S L., Lowe, H., Brown, L.J., Vaczy, C., Tanielu, H., Cowley-Malcolm E & Suaalii-Sauni, T. (2023). Love Shouldn’t Hurt–E le Sauā le Alofa: Co-designing a theory of change for preventing violence against women in Samoa, Global Public Health, 18(1), DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2023.2201632

Freeman, C., Latai Niusulu, A., Schaaf, M., Taua’a, T.S., Tanielu, H., Ergler, C., & Kivalu, M. (2022). Identity, belonging and place attachment amongst Pacific Island children: a photographic analysis, Children’s Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2022.2039900

Freeman, C., Latai Niusulu, A., Schaaf, M., Taua’a, T. S., Tanielu, H., Ergler, C., & Kivalu, M. (2022). Kinship and belonging: Pacific children’s perspectives on the diaspora. Childhood, 29(4), 612–627. https://doi.org/10.1177/09075682221121681

Tauaa, S., Latai-Niusulu, A & Tanielu, H. (2021). Children’s Perception of Place: A case study from Samoa. Pacific Asian Education. The Journal of Pacific Circle Consortium for Education. 32. 75-88. http://www.pacificcircleconsortium.org/pae-journal.html

McCool J, Freeman B, Tanielu H. (2014) Perceived social and media influences on tobacco use among Samoan youth. BMC Public Health. 14:1100.

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.

Creative works:

Tanielu, H. (2019). ‘My country is starving,’ ‘the bane of my existence,’ ‘who will hear my voice’ (poems). TalanoaFogafala. University of Auckland.

Lucia Chung Kwan – Lecturer

Contact Details

Email:  l.chungkwan@nus.edu.ws

 

Academic Qualification

BA DipTchg Waik., PGDipDev MDS NUS, CertIV Lead&Mngt APTC

Research Interests

Governance, Social History, and Education in the Pacific and Samoa.

Research Profile

MCIL Project

Post-Election 2021 Survey Project

Publications

Chungkwan, L. (2019) ‘Governance in Samoa: How Samoan is it?’ Journal of the Arts Faculty at the National University of Samoa, Vol 5.

Tahere Si’isi’ialafia – Mau – Lecturer (PDL)

Contact Details

Email:  t.siisiialafia@nus.edu.ws

Academic Qualification

BA S.Pac., MSocWork WI (PDL)

Currently on PDL for PhD studies.

Rosa Filoi 

Lecturer

Contact Details

Email:  r.filoi@nus.edu.ws

Academic Qualification

BA Well, Cert IV TAE APTC, BA(Hons) MA VUW

Research Interests

Student Voice, student advocacy and student support.

Youth and gender.

Co-founder and Coordinator of the Peer2Peer Initiative Group

Research Profile

[2023 – 2024] UREC Project: “Online Gaming amongst students at the National University of Samoa”.

[2022] Pacific-Rim Childhoods Survey.

[2022] MCIL Project: “Follow up Survey in reference to the Rapid Assessment survey 2017 on the street vendors in Samoa”.

[2021 – 2022] UREC Project: “The impact of Covid 19 on well-being at National University of Samoa (NUS)”.

Publications:

Young, C., Filoi, R., Tabangcora, B., Tabiru, W, & Taka, T T M. (2023) ‘Inclusive Research: A Niu Approach to Participant Recruitment in the Pacific’, In Brief Series. Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University DOI: 10.25911/JBQA-4022

Tauaa, S., Ah Siu-Maliko,M., Latai-Niusulu,A.,Mataia-Milo,S,L.,Tanielu,M,H, Senio- Chung Kwan,L.,Filoi,R.,Ah Sam,A.,Manuleleua,G. 2022. Rapid Assessment Survey of Child Vendors in Samoa-2022. Apia.

Latai-Niusulu, A., Filoi, R., Ah Sam, A., Esera, F. & Ah Siu-Maliko Mercy (2022), COVID-19 and Wellbeing in Samoa. Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa. vol 8, pp. 80 – 109.

Filoi, R. (2022), Samoan Student Resilience in Higher Education: what we can learn as we progress
through times of uncertainty. Journal of Samoan Studies. Vol 12, pp. 140 – 144.

Filoi, R. (2022), Transitioning, Scholarships and the case for the Nofo A’oga: Impacts on the Perception of Higher Education in Samoa. Journal of Samoan Studies. Vol 12, pp. 100 – 113.

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

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

Filoi, R. (2020) MA Thesis – “Students’ Perceptions of higher education in Sāmoa: Finagalo fa’aalia o alo ma fanau a’oa’oina i le Iunivesetē Aoao o Sāmoa”
https://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10063/9322/thesis_access.pdf?sequence=1 

Grace Manuleleua

Lecturer

 

 

 

Contact Details

Email:  g.manuleleua@nus.edu.ws

Academic Qualification

BA S.Pac, CAT NUS, PG Dev Studies, NUS

Research Interests

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.

Development studies

Research Profile

(research projects you have been part of or currently are part of)

UREC Research: Case studies of Impacts of climate change on small-holder family farming in Samoa, Researcher

MCIL Project- Rapid Assessment Survey: Child Vendors, Social Science Department, NUS, 2021-2022, Researcher

Research Assistant for Pacific-RIM Childhood Survey,

Publications

Tauaa, S. Manuelelua, G. (2022). Smallholder Farming in Samoa in Relation to Climate Change. Journal of the Arts Faculty of the National University of Samoa, vol 8, pp. 53-79

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

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. (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

 

Lecturer – Josephine Ogeuta

Contact Details

Email:  j.ogeuta@nus.edu.ws

+685-7737556

Academic Qualification

BA NUS,  PG Arts, NUS

Research Interests

Ancient/Medieval History, Social History, Environmental history, Cultural heritage, Archaeology and History, Pre-European-Samoan society, Post-colonial history, Society and Change.

Lecturer – Sarai Kolio Fitu Toleáfoa

Contact Details

Email:  s.toleafoa@nus.edu.ws

 

Academic Qualification

BA NUS

Research Interests

Environmental and Development Studies

Addressing the crimes-rate of youths in Samoa

Research Profile

SQA Tracer study with 2018, 2019, & 2020 Graduates from Formal Post School Education and Training (PSET) Providers in Samoa.

 

Lecturer – Alapati Ainuú

 

Contact Details

Email:  a.ainuu@nus.edu.ws

Academic Qualification

B.EnvPol&Mgmt UofA

Research Interests

Climate change processes, conservation and biodiversity, environmental policy and management, ecological impacts of climate change, Geography, food security, environmental sustainability, risk management, Anthropology, psychological and cultural anthropology, GIS, remote sensing.

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