Dr Niki Alsford
Prof. Alsford has extensive knowledge and experience working with Pacific Island nations. He is currently engaged in a longitudinal study of indigenous voices on climate change and works closely with the Fijian community in the UK. He is Chair of the Austronesian Centre at the University of Central Lancashire and continues to work with the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan in Taiwan and the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines in Taipei.
Dr Yoko Kanemasu
Dr Yoko Kanemasu, Senior Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific, has resided and undertaken scholarly research in the Pacific region for over 15 years. While much of her published research focuses on Fiji, she has undertaken primary research in Tuvalu and Kiribati and is familiar with the history and socio-political and socio-environmental conditions of the three countries through her work as a sociological researcher and senior lecturer at USP, a regional institution owned by the governments of 12 Pacific island countries including Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tokelau. Dr Kanemasu has extensive research and personal networks in all three countries, especially Tuvalu and Kiribati.