Members of the Solomon Islands Politics Research and Writers Network (SIPRAWN) across three faculties at the University of the South Pacific, met in Suva Fiji last week to share findings of their research projects.
The postgraduate, masters and doctoral students and members of USP faculties have carried out various research works in their areas of speciality over the years.
SIPRAWN initiator and workshop convener, Doctor Gordon Nanau says, the challenge is to provide a space where findings, conclusions and policy recommendations by Solomon Islands researchers are shared and disseminated.
Doctor Nanau calls on educated Solomon Islanders to do some hard thinking with the help of properly designed research to address key challenges facing politics, livelihood and development in the country.
He adds this is done by inquiring into the broader connections and implications of a new wave of fieldwork-based research by Solomon Islands scholars, working across several disciplines at USP.
Another Solomon Islands scholar, Dr David Gegeo challenged the local researchers to continue the difficult task of thinking in order to determine what he described as the ‘vision and the core of our existence in Solomon islands’.
Dr. Gegeo stressed the critical role of indigenous culture and knowledge in the process.
Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Patterson Oti was present at the two days workshop opening.