Mr Sivendra Michael

Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) PGDip in Economics, University of the South Pacific., Master of Economics (Hons), PhD (In Progress), University of Auckland

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Sivendra's PhD focuses on building disaster resilience of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Ba Province, Fiji Island. His research investigates how disaster experiences shape the responses of SMEs. With the identified challenges, gaps and barriers faced by SMEs, his research will develop a flexible and adaptable framwork aimed at improving resilience. Considering the compelling need for evidence-based research towards improving resilience of SMEs in the Pacific, his study will make a contribution to the body of knowledge in the field of disaster management. Sivendra hopes that his PhD will assist policy makers and disaster-risk practitioners to formulate advice on necessary resilient building interventions for the sub-sectors of SMEs across the wider Pacific region. In his professional capacity, Sivendra also works for British Council as a Programme Specialist, where he oversees the implementation and delivery of programme and activities of projects across the Pacific.  

Research | Current

  • International Development 
  • Climate Change Adaptation 
  • Development Economics 
  • Policy Development 
  • Disaster Risk Reduction 
  • Social Policy - Education and Gender 

Teaching | Current

ECON 191 and ECON 111 -  Semester 1, 2016 

APN Network Researcher -  Semester 2, 2015 - Current 



Research Excellence Award

  • Awarded Honorary Research Fellow Appointment  - University of East London (January 2017 – January 2019)
  • Awarded Merit for Research Presentation and Publication at IJAS Conference – Harvard University (May, 2014)  
  • Awarded Young Researcher Fellowship by the Oceania Development Network for research contribution to the 12th Global Development Network Conference – Asian Development Bank, Manila (June, 2013)
  • Awarded Excellence for Research Presentation and Publication at the United Nations University / IDEA / UNECA Joint Conference – Belgium (November, 2012)

Academic Excellence

  • Graduated with First Class Honors (Bachelors/Masters)
  • Awarded Graduate Assistantship at University of the South Pacific (Research Office)
  • Awarded Outstanding Performance Award (Outstanding Mentor Award)  - Senior Mentor for Faculty of Business
  • Awarded University Doctoral Scholarship 
  • Past Receipient of NZ Pacific Scholarship 


Areas of expertise

  • International Labor Standards and UN Conventions Reporting
  • Time-series Modelling
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Public Policy
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Human Rights 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Co-Author  -  “Parental Perspectives on Inclusive Education in the Pacific” Published as Book Chapter Working with Families for Inclusive Education: Navigating Identity, Opportunity and Belonging (International Perspectives on Inclusive Education – Emerald Series)
  • Co- Author – “Modernising Labour Laws and Institutions in the Pacific Island Countries” – Published in Conference Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference for the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Lead Author - “Dispute Resolution Procedures in Fiji: Does Union Strength Determine Case Resolutions” – Published by Journal of Arts and Science
  • Lead Author - "Role of Regional Organizations in Facilitating Democratic Models - A case of Pacific Island Countries" – Published in Conference proceedings by United Nations University Center of Integrated Studies
  • Co-Author- "Gender Based Violence and its Big Bite on Small Island States" –Publication by Global Development Network Conference, ADB, Manila.
  • Lead Author- "Rural- Urban - Migration and its Impact on Food Security - A Case of Fiji" Publication by Pacific Science Journal, University of South Pacific, Fiji.  


  • November 2015  - University of Auckland (School of Development Studies) – Field Survey Building Resilience Project
  • December 2015 – International Labor Organisation – Preparation of Fiji Country Profile for Labour Migration
  • October 2016 – International Labour Organisation – Facilitation of International Labour Standards Training and provision of technical assistance on preparing  Article 19 and Article 22 Reports for Government of Vanuatu.
  • December 2016 – International Labour Organisation – Coordination and Delivery of Training on Maritime Labour Training to Regional Labour Standards Officers 

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