Maima Koro

Maima Koro

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


Talofa, Malo ni! Maima is a Pacific Research Fellow for the Regional Perspectives Project, which is a research collaboration between the University of Adelaide with Pacific partners funded by the Defence, Science and Technology Group. She is also pursuing PhD studies, focusing on the development and security nexus in the law enforcement sector. She has a particular interest in whole of country processes, grounded theories and applied research approaches.

Her research interests include: international relations, security, development studies, ethics, leadership and capacity development.

Maima has over 20 years of international development experience in the Pacific at national and regional levels. She has worked in the law enforcement, education, health, and governance sectors. She has managed extensive stakeholder networks across Pacific governments, regional and multilateral organisations. Management experiences included the integration of large multi-disciplinary teams and development of multi-year plans for complex multi-stakeholder projects across the Pacific: Bougainville, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Fiji, Nauru, Niue, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. She has expertise of the Pacific landscape and specialises in the contextualisation of donor-funded initiatives to be of relevance to Pacific environments.

She was bestowed the Samoan high chief title of Maualaivao in 2008, and the first and only female to hold the title.

  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2022 Koro, M., & Wallis, J. (2022). Australia’s Pacific Policy Under the ALP: Heading in the Right Direction?. Australian Institute of International Affairs.
    2022 Wallis, J., & Koro, M. (2022). Amplifying narratives about the ‘China threat’ in the Pacific may help China achieve its broader aims. The Conversation.
    2022 McNeill, H., & Koro, M. (2022). Reports of a Pacific fracture fail to understand the region. 360info.
    2021 Koro, M. (2021). Development lessons for the security agenda. The Asia Pacific Policy Society Policy Forum.
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2022 - 2022 Strategic Competition in the Pacific Islands Defence and Strategic Studies Course Australian War College Australia
    2021 - 2021 Regional diplomacy in the Pacific – Focus on Pacific Island Forum Online presentation Australian National University Australia
    2020 - ongoing Pacific Perspectives of Security National Security College Indo-Pacific Breakfast Series: Charting a Course through Contest and Change Australian National University Australia

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