Field of Study: Geography
Supervisor: Dr Alec Thornton
Co-Supervisor: Dr Scott Sharpe
Research Topic: Power, urban practice and rural impact in the South Pacific: a critical analysis of aid effectiveness and prioritisation in rural development in Fiji
In this study, I aim to offer in-depth analysis on the contemporary challenges, paradigms and impacts of development aid and its prioritisation for rural development. I seek to explore how notions of ‘power’ and ‘regime practices’ proposed by theorist Michel Foucault, influence poverty reduction outcomes. Given the international recognition of poverty reduction as the main objective of foreign aid, this research will investigate aid effectiveness from a Foucauldian perspective and assess poverty reduction outcomes of development aid projects for rural development through the use of case studies in the Fiji context.