Pacific Affairs Series

The Department of Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University succeeds the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program and is devoted to the study of the Pacific peoples and their 22 countries and territories in Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia. The department constitutes the largest concentration of research expertise on the Pacific Islands in the world. Books by its scholars in the new ‘Pacific Affairs Series’ will encompass studies of the history, anthropology, international relations and contemporary development of the Pacific and are indispensable for anyone with a serious interest in the region. The Pacific Affairs Series replaces the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Series ANU Press has published since 2006. For titles in the SSGM Series please see

Please note: The following list of titles is sorted by publication date, with the most recent first.

A Cautious New Approach »

China's Growing Trilateral Aid Cooperation

Authored by: Denghua Zhang
Publication date: March 2020

‘As a student of international relations and a former diplomat, Zhang brings the insights of a practitioner and the eye of scholar to explain why Chinese actors choose to engage in aid cooperation with traditional donors in the Asia-Pacific.

Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development »

Critical Conversations

Publication date: March 2018

Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development engages with the possibilities and pitfalls of the increasingly popular notion of hybridity.