Roannie Ng Shiu

Dr Roannie Ng Shiu


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Dr Roannie Ng Shiu is a human geographer whose work focuses on Pacific health, education and sport in Australasia and the Pacific region. Her PhD focused on Pacific health workforce development by examining the health and education inequalities and inequities for Pacific communities in New Zealand.

As Convenor of Pacific Studies she provides academic leadership of Pacific Studies at the ANU and the ANU Pasifika Australia equity and outreach program. As a Research Fellow for SSGM Roannie has been involved in a range of research projects including sports diplomacy and development; leadership in the Pacific; elections and politics in Samoa; and cross-cultural research for Pacific labour mobility.

Her work involves developing collaborative partnerships with Pasifika communities, universities in the Pacific region and development partners focused on the Pacific.

Prior to coming to the ANU Roannie lectured at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland and was a research analyst for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in New Zealand. She currently serves on the NRL Pasifika Advisory Board and the Lifeline Pasifika Reference Group.


Research interests

  • Public health and health services
  • Pacific peoples health
  • Pacific peoples education
  • Human geography
  • Pacific cultural studies

Current student projects

George Gavet (SSGM PhD Candidate) The costs of relocating for elite athletes: A wellbeing examination of Pasifika male athletes in the National Rugby League

Mereoni Chung (MAAPD) Unpacking gender perspectives on politics in Fiji.

Suzanne O'Neill (SSGM PhD Candidate) Exploring the Significance of ‘Country Ownership’ in Aid Effectiveness and Development in the Pacific.

George Carter (SSGM PhD Candidate) From Sinking to Synching: Pacific coalition diplomacy in climate change negotiations.

Sam Panapa (University of Queensland PhD Candidate - External Advisor) An Ethnography on the interactions among culturally diverse youth Pacific Island professional rugby league athletes in the National Youth Competition.

Simon Fenske (PhB) Comparative study on rural voters political behaviour and attitudes. Reflections from the 2016 Vanuatu and Samoa General Elections.

Eliorah Malifa (MPhil) Pollywood (Hollywood in the Pacific): Developing a sustainable film and television industry in the Pacific.

Soro Yufuwai (MAPS) Social Media and Cultural Diplomacy in the Pacific: The Case of West Papua.

Hanako Masuhara (MAPS) Sports Diplomacy between Japan and the Pacific: Tongan athletes in Rugby and Sumo.

Caleb Marsters (University of Auckland PhD Candidate - External Advisor)  Run it Straight! Pasifika men, wellbeing and elite sports.

Available student projects


BA, BCom, PG Dip (Arts), MA (Hons), PhD (University of Auckland)

Researcher's projects

2016 Samoan General Elections Observation Project with Associate Professor Nicole Haley. In collaboration with the National University of Samoa (NUS) and the Samoa Office of the Electoral Commission, a team of 14 SSGM staff and students participated in the 2016 Samoa General Elections research election observation project.  The election was held on Friday 4 march 2016. The project involved 45 local observers, principally from NUS and civil society (Leadership Samoa, Samoa Umbrella of Non-governmental Organisaions and Samoa Association of Women Graduates).

This research observation builds upon highly successful observations of the PNG National General Elections (2007 and 2012) and the Solomon Islands National Elections (2014). This project is the most comprehensive study of Samoa elections to date.

ANU - NRL Partnership. Since 2012 the National Rugby League (NRL) Welfare and Education department has collaborated with SSGM in delivering the NRL Pasifika Cultural Engagement program. Pasifika athletes represent over 40% of the NRL elite competition and therefore are in a unique position to highlight Pacific issues both in Australlia and in the region.

Communities fighting sugar in soft drinks. This project is based at the University of Auckland. The lead researcher is Dr Gerhard Sundborn and the research team includes Prof Boyd Swinburn, Dr Matire Harwood, Prof Rod Jackson and Dr Bodo Lang all from the University of Auckland. The project aims to determine the effectiveness of a school and community-based intervention to reduce the intake of sugar sweetened based soft drinks and the unhealthy weight gain of Maori and Pacific youth.

Dr Ng Shiu will lead the qualitative component of this four year study that is funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Expertise Areas

  • Pacific Peoples Health
  • Pacific Peoples Education
  • Pacific Cultural Studies


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