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Professor Robbie Robertson

Dean, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities


Formerly Head of Arts & Social Sciences at James Cook University, Robbie has worked previously at Otago University, La Trobe University, ANU, and the University of the South Pacific where he was Professor of Development Studies. While in Fiji he worked with the Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation on a EU project to assist the development of social policy, worked with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to strengthen regional cooperation through community engagement, and worked as a consultant for the ADB on the Pacific Plan. As a development historian, Robbie has had seven books published on Fiji's political history, world history, globalisation, and livelihoods. He has also written chapters on unemployment during the Great Depression, garment manufacturing as a pathway to modernisation, labour mobility, and ethnicity and development. Academic articles also encompass regional cooperation, economic integration, Vanuatu, and the Asian challenge for higher education. Current projects include a paper on inequality. A chapter on 'Globalization thinking and the past' has recently been published in Tamar Hodos (ed) The Routledge Handbook of Globalization and Archaeology (2017) , and a new book entitled The General's Goose: Fiji's Tale of Contemporary Misadventure published by ANU Press (2017).

Fields of Research

  • Historical Studies - 210300


Also published as: Robertson, Robbie; Robertson, R.; Robertson, Thomas; Robertson, T.
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