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 intersection of security and justice in Pacific communities. She has a particular interest in whole of country processes, grounded theories and applied research approaches.
Her research interests include: international relations, security, geopolitics, development studies, ethics 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. Maima left the DFAT-funded ANU Australia Pacific Security College to join the University of Adelaide.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Pacific Research Fellow University of Adelaide
Language Competency Bislama Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Samoan Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Tokelau Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand Master of Public Policy
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.
Date Role Membership Country 2022 - 2023 Member Institute for Regional Security Australia
Date Topic Presented at Institution Country 2023 - 2023 Relational Security: Rethinking Law & Order Approaches in the Pacific 2nd KAS-ANUCES Road Show Rule of Law KAS-ANUCES Vanuatu 2023 - 2023 Tugaki: conversations for autochthonous security and justice approaches in the Pacific The Inaugural Pacific Criminology Symposium Victoria University of Wellington Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand 2022 - 2022 Regional Perspectives of Geopolitics in the Pacific Safeguarding Australia Summit 2022 Safeguarding Australia Summit Australia 2022 - 2022 Regional Perspectives on Geopolitics in the Pacific Safeguarding Australia Summit 2022 Safeguarding Australia Summit Australia 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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