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New British Academy funded Fijian project

Karen Jacobs (PI; SRU) and Cresantia Koya Vaka’uta (CoI; University of the South Pacific, Fiji) have been awarded a grant for the research project ‘(Re)Defining Culture: Engaging urban Fijian youth in sustainable employment opportunities in the cultural heritage sector’ (October 2020 - July 2022).

This project is funded by the British Academy’s Youth Futures Programme, supported under the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund, and aims to examine the reality of Fiji’s cultural perceptions as well as identify how urban Fijian youth experience culture and how cultural heritage institutions in Fiji can engage youth while offering viable employment opportunities.

Partnering with the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies (University of the South Pacific, Fiji), School of Marine Studies (University of the South Pacific, Fiji), Fiji Museum and VOU Dance Fiji, the interdisciplinary team will work with urban communities through youth-driven workshops, placements, artistic displays, and more. Additionally, collaborations with UK-based Fiji youth will take place throughout the project. Framed by the need for sustainability, it aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 4, 11 and 13.