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ISSN: 2463-641X

Pacific Dynamics is an online open access journal published by the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies with the support of the UC Arts Digital Lab, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Understanding the dramatic changes in the world today requires deeper and critical exploration of diverse paradigms of knowledge in their conceptual and applied forms. This involves reimagining the often fiercely guarded dominant disciplinary boundaries, research discourses, and methodologies. The synergy between local and global discourses and the multidimensional aspects of modern society require diverse intellectual prisms for more critical scholarly research and knowledge production. Questioning dominant ideas and transcending the traditional boundaries of formal disciplines, while maintaining one’s core area of expertise, can be enriching and reflective of the complexity of the contemporary world.

Pacific Dynamics attempts to respond to this need for critical, open and interdisciplinary approach to research. The journal aims to promote rigorous debates on theoretical discourses, applied knowledge, and policy issues regarding the Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Rim using multiple prisms. The journal accepts articles from diverse areas of study including gender studies, indigenous studies, conflict-peace-security studies, minority studies, politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, education, philosophy, literature, development studies, economics, marine studies, environmental studies, and others not mentioned here. To ensure wide circulation, this journal is online with open access and for academic rigor, it has a comprehensive peer review process.

Pacific Dynamics is peer-reviewed and published biannually by the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies in collaboration with the Library and Arts Digital Lab of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Archiving and Preservation Policy
The journal is under the preservation policy of the University of Canterbury UC Research Repository.


Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to a Creative Commons Attribution license agreement.

Pacific Dynamics does not require authors to pay for article submission or publication.

One of the benefits of open access publishing lies in others being able to re-use material. We believe that the greatest societal good is possible when people are free to re-distribute scholarship and to create derivative works. This is why we use the CC BY license, under which others may re-use your work, on condition that they cite you.

Host and Editorial Responsibility
The journal’s host, The University of Canterbury, is not responsible for the content of this journal, but the editorial team have agreed to uphold the highest level of professional ethics and standards (as documented by the Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association).



Professor Steven Ratuva
Room 402 James Logie Building
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
E-mail: steven.ratuva@canterbury.ac.nz