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Michael Otoara Ha’apio

MichaelName: Michael Otoara Ha’apio

School: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development

Faculty: Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and International

Degree of Enrolment: Doctor of Philosophy

Research Area: Analysing aversive strategies to cope with risks from extreme environmental events in the Pacific from a case study in the Solomon Islands.





Research Team





Principal Supervisor Dr Keith Morison Lecturer in Sustainability –PaCE-SD
Co-Supervisor Dr Ricardo Gonzalez Adjunct Fellow PACE-SD (in process), Assistant Professor in Environment and Resource Economics , Universidad de la Frontera
Co-Supervisor Professor Elisabeth Holland Director of PaCE-SD
Co- Supervisor Dr Morgan Wairiu Deputy Director of PaCE-SD
Co-Supervisor Associate Professor MGM Khan Head of Statistic, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment

Current Research Summary:

My research is on the impact of environmental extreme events on selected communities in the Solomon Islands and analysing factors which lead communities taking alternate   aversive strategies to cope with these disastrous environmental events. I studied how people have responded to the flash flood in Honiara, April 2014 and what were some of the intuitions which lead the communities of Modo, Ranogha Island Western Province which were affected by Tsunami in 2007 to have settled in their new community Kaigold some 145 meter above the sea level. The factors that made these communities to response and adapt to these extreme events might assist the national and regional governments to develop policies which will enable communities to better prepare for future events.

Testimonial- Graduate Assistant Scholarship Scheme:

I’m so thankful that the University of the South Pacific, to have offered me with this prestigious scholarship award to do my PhD study. Without this Graduate Assistant scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to progress after my master’s degree into this higher research degree program. Because of that, I thank the USP particularly- the Research Office, and optimistic to do my best and hopefully complete my research project on time to give something back to the communities of the Solomon Islands and the Pacific Islands from which they will able to learn the lessons learned from this thesis for their livelihood sustainability and adaptation amongst the chaos of the impact from climate change and extreme events across the region.