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With a diverse academic background including a Bachelor of Arts/ Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Law (LLB), Master of Political Science, and a PhD in Micronesian history, Gonzaga uses this breadth of knowledge to inform his research and fieldwork in the intersecting areas of climate change, Pacific history, and politics.

Born and raised in Micronesia, Gonzaga’s perspective on Pacific policy and the future direction of the region is seen through the lens of history, supplemented by indigenous knowledge and significant community engagement.

His approach to his areas of study aims to balance respecting the rich traditions of his ancestors and other Pacific Islanders whilst using modern and contemporary ideas and information to their greatest effect in local environments.

A particular area of interest is climate change and adaptation, and the ability to use traditional methods of agriculture and conservation with modern tools and technology.

His current projects include Australia’s diplomatic relations in the North Pacific, the interaction between constitutional and customary law, China in the North Pacific, the Compact of Free Association between the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the USA as well as health, education, and youth culture in the FSM.

Research interests

• Pacific Islands History, the Environment, and Security
• Micro-nations Security
• Health in the Pacific
• Societies, and Cultures
• International Politics
• Globalisation
• Youth
• Gender Relations
• Climate Change in Low-lying Atolls
• International Law
• Constitutional Law
• Labour Relation Law
• Customary Law
• Legal Studies


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