Ms Amerita Ravuvu

PhD Student


Room 304 PEMS North (Bldg 22) School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA



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.

Book Chapters

Ravuvu A; Thornton A, 2015, 'Beyond Aid Distribution: Aid Effectiveness, Neoliberal and Neostructural Reforms in Pacific Island Countries', in Assessing the Impact of Foreign Aid: Value for Money and Aid for Trade, pp. 79 - 93, 10.1016/B978-0-12-803660-0.00006-4