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 research collaboration, between the University of Adelaide with Pacific partners funded by the Defence, Science and Technology Group. The program focuses on the security challenges facing the Pacific Islands and examines how Australia pursues its security in the region and beyond. 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: Pacific security, geopolitics, development studies, ethics and relationality.

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.

  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2022 - 2023 Member Institute for Regional Security Australia
  • Presentation

    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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