Mitiana Arbon

Mitiana Arbon

PhD Candidate
Gender, Media and Cultural Studies


Bachelor of Pacific Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Contact details
Room: 5227
Building: HC Coombs Building

Research and Academic Background

Mitiana is an indigenous Pacific Studies scholar completing his PhD thesis on Pacific Art, under the supervision of ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Margaret Jolly, FASSA. Mitiana's interest in his PhD topic stems from a broader interest in the framing of Pacific people and cultural heritage within 'western' institutional settings.

Mitiana is a member of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies, the Gender Insitute, and the Pacific Insitute.

Professional Background

Mitiana works part-time as a Research Officer on Labour Mobility and Migration in the Pacific and his previous professional experience includes: Logistic Coordinator for PASI3005 Pacific Islands Field School, Research Assitant for Professor Margaret Jolly's ARC Laureate Project Engendering persons, transforming things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania, and Student Ambassador for the College of Asia and the Pacific.


Blogs/Online Articles

Arbon, M. (2018) Why do farmers hire seasonal workers? Devpolicy Blog, 22 February.

Arbon, M. (2017) Life as a seasonal worker: reflections of an au piki from Savai’i. Devpolicy Blog, 17 November.

Arbon, M. (2017) Arrangement on Labour Mobility: labour mobility relegated to the sidelines? Devpolicy Blog, 17 November.

Arbon, M. (2017) Increasing government-village cooperation: Samoa’s MOU on labour mobility. Devpolicy Blog, 7 July.

Arbon, M. (2016) Growing spaces for Pacific disaster management: mobile and smartphone based responses. Devpolicy Blog, 17 November.

Arbon, M. (2016) The United Arab Emirates: an unlikely development partner for Pacific Island States. The Monsoon Project, 25 May.

Arbon, M. (2016) The traditional Samoan fale: key to cyclone resilient housing in the Pacific? The Monsoon Project, 26 April.

Arbon, M. (2016) Breadfruit: a Pacific solution to food security? The Monsoon Project, 10 March.

Arbon, M. (2016) Record number of female candidates in the 2016 Samoan General Elections. The Monsoon Project, 3 March.

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