This research is being conducted by a team of researchers from Massey University who have significant experience researching tourism among Pacific and Māori communities:
Dr. Apisalome Movono
Api’s research focuses on tourism’s social and economic impacts on Indigenous Fijian communities. He joined us at Massey University at the start of 2020 after around 10 years serving in various positions at the University of the South Pacific (USP), with a little ‘time out’ to complete his Ph.D. at Griffith University. His Ph.D. research drew on postmodernist techniques and sought to improve our understanding of resilience, sustainable livelihoods, climate change and tourism development amongst Indigenous Fijian communities. In 2020, he joined the Development Studies team at Massey University, New Zealand, as a Senior Lecturer.
Prof. Regina Scheyvens
Regina has worked in development studies at Massey University for over 20 years. Her research focuses on the relationship between tourism, sustainable development and poverty reduction, in places such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Maldives and in Southern Africa. She is also very interested in gender and development, sustainable livelihood options for small island states, and in theories of empowerment for marginalised peoples. Her recent collaborative projects have explored economic development on customary land in the Pacific, links between tourism and the SDGs, and links between corporate social responsibility and development in the Pacific.
Dr. Jason Mika
Dr Jason Paul Mika is a descendant of the Ngāi Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Kahungunu tribes of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr Mika is a senior lecturer and codirector of Te Au Rangahau, the Māori Business & Leadership Research. Dr Mika's research interests include Indigenous entrepreneurship, management and methodologies.
Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in tourism management from the University of the South Pacific and is also a Fellow of the prestigious US State Department-sponsored Pacific Islands Professional Fellows Program. She is currently the Sales & Marketing Manager for Solomon Islands Tourism. Fiona joined the national tourist office in February 2015 as a graduate trainee, most recently she held management responsibility for all aspects of the NTO’s key Australia, dive, and romance portfolios. She also played a strong role in helping to promote the Solomon Islands to the Papua New Guinea market and Fiona is currently assisting in the development of the Solomon Islands Tourism Industry’s Recovery Plan.