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This micro-credential will consider the epistemological and methodological opportunities and consequences of undertaking inclusive research in Pacific contexts. A recent trend in development research has been to work with local researchers in equitable partnerships to design and implement research projects that meaningfully resonate with them and their communities. This trend responds to a growing evidence base that research in the Pacific has mirrored colonialist frames of inquiry, without nuanced understanding of local context, and without privileging the voices of the most marginalised in those societies, including women, the disabled, and those living in remote communities. The micro-credential will present strategies to strengthen inclusivity in both the methods and content of Pacific research.


  1. Research ethics in the Pacific: privilege, voice and standpoints
  2. Implementing inclusive research projects in the Pacific: partnerships, time, logistics, culture
  3. Inclusive research questions and topics: what is researched in the Pacific and who does it benefit?
  4. Research subjects: intersectionality and extending the sample from the ‘usual subjects’
  5. Inclusive methods for data collection and data analysis
  6. Sharing inclusive research: authorship, acknowledgement, community and policy impact

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Identify key stages and actors in inclusive research design and implementation
  2. Explain the relationship between intersectionality and development in the Pacific, and its impact on research design
  3. Contrast inclusive and non-inclusive research methodologies in Pacific contexts
  4. Justify and support the adoption of inclusive research practices in development studies
  5. Design an original inclusive research project that is fit for purpose in a development context

Indicative assessment

Research project outline 20%: Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Presentation of project outline 20%; Links to LO: 2 and 4

Inclusive research design document: 40%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3, 4 and  5

Participation in class discussion 20%; Links to LO: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assumed knowledge 

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent. 

Micro-credential stack information 

 This Micro-credential is currently not part of a stack.


  • Course Code: DPA22

  • Workload: Contact hours: 12 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 50-60 hours.

  • ANU unit value: 3 units

  • Course Code Level: 8000

  • Contact:  ANU Department of Pacific Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification. 

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