Mitiana Arbon

Mitiana Arbon

PhD Candidate
Gender, Media and Cultural Studies


Bachelor of Pacific Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Contact details
Room: 3.272
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.



Arbon, M. "Book Review: Touring Pacific Cultures." The Journal of Pacific History 53, no. 4 (2018): 523-524.

Arbon, M. "Exhibition Review: Project Banaba." The Contemporary Pacific 31, no. 1 (2019): 238-241.

Blogs/Online Articles

Arbon, M. (2019) 'Tuvalu and .tv: a suffix for success?', The New Outrigger, 21 February

Arbon, M. (2018) 'O ai a’u? (Who am I?): love and art at Manamea Art Studio', 4A Papers Issue 4, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

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