My research focuses on how actors manage the dilemmas of democratic governance. I have explored this theme in a variety of contexts but the bulk of my work has focused on small island states and territories.
My current book project is titled: Statehood à la Carte in the Caribbean and the Pacific: Secession, Regionalism, and Postcolonial Politics (forthcoming with Oxford University Press, 2023).
My previous books include International Organisations and Small States (2021, Bristol University Press) with Pat Weller and Yi-Chong Xu; Institutional Memory as Storytelling (2020, Cambridge University Press Elements) with Dennis Grube, Heather Lovell and Rodney Scott; The Art and Craft of Comparison (2019, Cambridge University Press) with John Boswell and Rod Rhodes; Democracy in Small States (2018, Oxford University Press) with Wouter Veenendaal; Australia’s Foreign Aid Dilemma (2017, Routledge); and Being Political: Leadership and Democracy in the Pacific Islands (2015, University of Hawaii Press).
I have published more than 60 journal articles, book chapters and commentaries since 2012, including in World Development, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, European Journal of Political Research, Governance, Public Administration, and Review of International Studies. I have also co-edited two volumes: with Brij V. Lal Political Life Writing in the Pacific: Reflections on Practice (2015, Australian National University Press) and with Doug Munro Bearing Witness: Essays in Honour of Brij V. Lal (2017, Australian National University Press).
I hold or have held research grants from the ESRC; British Academy; Australian Research Council; the Australian and New Zealand School of Government; and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
I serve as Co-Director of the Resiliant and Sustainable Islands Initiative; Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University; editor of the University of Hawaii Press Topics in the Contemporary Pacific book series; and co-convenor of the UK Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Interpretive Political Science.
I completed my PhD at The Australian National University in 2012. After an 18-month Postdoctoral Fellowship at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program I took up a Research Fellowship at Griffith University, Australia, on a joint appointment with the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and the Griffith Asia Institute. I joined the faculty at Southampton in January 2016.