School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)


Welcome to the School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)

  • Head of School: Assoc. Professor Sandra Tarte

    Main Office Contact: (+679) 323-2382

    SGDIA programs explore how Pacific Island governments, economies and relations with the world affect the daily life of Pacific peoples, including their jobs and political voice as well as their freedoms, safety and cultural expression. Programs also explore how the legacy of colonialism impacts indigenous and immigrant people of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia regarding contemporary challenges of development, nation-building, human rights and regional trade. Courses in SGDIA programs consider these fascinating and pressing issues at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels and provide both academic and practical training for professionals working in related fields.

    SGDIA was formed in 2008, when it succeeded the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance (established in 2003). SGDIA houses the interdisciplinary University course, UU200 Ethics and Governance, which is required of all USP undergraduates. 

    SGDIA researchers work in close contact with Pacific regional actors, regularly liaising with civil society organizations, government policy makers, business, and regional and international organizations, such as Transparency International, the Pacific Islands Forum, the UN Development Program, and the Asian Development Bank. Our philosophy is one of regional engagement: staff and students consistently work with the public in gathering data, developing policy and offering training workshops in areas of public policy concerns for Pacific island societies. The School holds a Lunch-time weekly seminar which brings together local and international students and scholars as well as practitioners with an interest in the governance and development of the Pacific region. In conjunction with the Weekly Seminar Series, the SGDIA Working Paper Series (SGDIA WPS) is a key component of the School's profile both locally and internationally.

    With 22 full-time teaching staff, SGDIA runs the Politics and International Affairs undergraduate program and three postgraduate programs.

    SGDIA Vision and Mission

    The vision of the School is to provide students from the Pacific Island states with a well-considered and productive understanding of government, development and international affairs, and to establish an international reputation for regionally-relevant research in these areas.

    SGDIA's mission is to explore, disseminate, and contribute to, the theory and practice of government and development in the Pacific Islands. We will do this by:

    • Graduating students with a sound appreciation of developmental, political and international issues of regional significance.
    • Ensuring that our teaching develops our students' enthusiasm for learning and strengthens their capacity for rigorous analysis.
    • actively encouraging and supporting staff and student research on the challenges and opportunities facing Pacific Island states and societies.
    • Establishing SGDIA as a local, regional and global forum on Pacific government and development with the creation of a publication programme on a school-hosted website.
    • Set the highest feasible standards for academic work for both staff and students and provide whatever mentoring and training they need to meet these standards.
    • Provide both academic and practical training for Pacific professionals who are already working or hoping to work in related fields, helping them to bridge theory and applied methods.

    SGDIA brochure


  • Recent News and Events at SGDIA

    30-31 October 2018: The 'Rush for Oceania' Workshop

    The School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA) organised a 2 day workshop bringing together academics, civil society representatives, writers, dancers and artists. The workshop focused on considering a new research agenda exploring contemporary Oceans governance and stewardship in the Pacific.

    Click here to download a copy of the workshop report

    23rd August 2018: SGDIA Hosts its Open Day Volunteers for an Appreciation Morning Tea

    Student volunteers whose wonderful work made USPs 50th Anniversary Open Day a lively and fulfilled event were hosted by the School to Morning tea in a show of appreciation by staff members. 


    Pictured from left to right are: Shameera, Seci, Stephanie, Ernest, Adi Salaseini, Lavenia, Mohammed and Fulori

    9th August 2018: Lunchtime Seminar - From Village to Nation: Collected writings of Pacific independence by Pastor Sethy Regenvanu

    SGDIA presents this Lunchtime Seminar which will be delivered by Pastor Sethy Regenvanu. The seminar will be held on Thursday, 9th August 2018, from 12.30 - 1.30pm at the Centre for Development Studies Seminar Room (S103), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) buildingFor further inquiries please contact Dr. Wesley Morgan, Lecturer in Politics and International Affairs, SGDIA, on either via email: wesley_m(at) or phone: +679 3231924. Click here to view the flyer for the event. 

    24th May 2018: Public Lecture - Coolie Talks: Intergenerational Traumas Among Descendants of Indentured Communities

    Fiji Public Policy Institute presents this Public Lecture in commemoration of Girmit Day at The University of the South Pacific. The Lecture will be delivered by Esha Pillay, M.A. SOAS University of London.  The Lecture will be on Thursday, 24th May 2018, from 6 pm at the Centre for Development Studies Seminar Room (S103), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) buildingFor further inquiries please contact Roshika Deo  roshika.deo.16(at); 996-9907. Click here to view the flyer for the event. 

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School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA)
The University of the South Pacific

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