Peni Hausia Havea

Peni HaveaPhD Candidate

Research Area: Climate Change and Its Impacts

Current Research Summary:

My research is looking at how climate change affect the people of Tonga’s livelihoods, health and well-being at the aged 15 to 75 using mixed methods study. The study aims to provide a better understanding on how climate change impacts livelihoods, health and well-being by using “Concurrent Convergence Parallel Triangulation Design” as a guide. The study sites in Tonga are Kanokupolu, ‘Ahau, Tukutonga, Popua and Manuka in Tongatapu.

The Candidature Experience:

At USP, not only are we sitting at the interface of the largest and deepest ocean in the world, but we are the leading institution for Pacific education here in the 12 PICs (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa). I still remember, when I first received the call from the Research Office to take up the GA scholarship, I was speechless and very happy. I was happy for two reasons. First, I knew that the GA award would help me achieve an excellent and innovative research for sustainable development in Tonga (my PhD). Secondly, it would provide me with a broad, thorough and deep understanding of the Pacific ways. And that’s exactly what this scholarship scheme and USP has given me. Because of the Regional PhD Scholarship, I had the opportunity to take UNDP internship with the UN-MCO (United Nation Multi-Country Office) in Suva, Fiji, in addition to my study. I have been here for one year in this country and at USP, and I love it.