Bula, Halo, Kia Orana, Namaste, Grüezi…!

I am a development geographer with a key interest in development issues in the Pacific Islands. I hail from a small town in the Swiss Alps and partly grew up on an outer island in the Cook Islands. Ever since I am interested in development issues of ‘remote’ places and the quality of life of people living in ‘peripheral’ areas.

My research works and collaborations aim to contribute to an enhanced understanding of Pacific Islanders’ livelihoods in the context of global change and seek to support efforts that aim to improve the quality of life of people living in the Pacific Islands.

The purpose of this website is threefold:

  1. To update development professionals (researchers and practitioners) and anyone else interested in the development of the Pacific Island region on selected contemporary development issues in the region;
  2. To provide a platform for ongoing research projects and research outputs;
  3. To counter misconceptions about life in the Pacific Islands that may persist in the Global North due to colonial and Eurocentric research legacies.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with queries related to this site.

Dhanbaad, meitaki, tankiu, vinaka, danke…,
Kim Andreas Kessler

Malaita, Solomon Islands, 2013
Malaita, Solomon Islands, 2013 (photo taken by Kim Andreas Kessler)