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Pacific and Pasifika: PACS 221

Climate Change- Indigenous Perspectives




  • Capstick, S., Hemstock, S., & Senikula, R. (2018). Perspectives of artist–practitioners on the communication of climate change in the Pacific. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 10(2), 323–339.
  • Enari, D. & Jameson, V. (2021). Climate justice: A Pacific Island perspective. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 27(1), 149-160.
  • Farbotko, C. & Kitara, T. (2021). The political ecology and visual culture of the Pacific Climate WarriorsIn T. J. Demos, E. E. Scott & S. Banerjee (Eds.), The Routledge companion to contemporary art, visual culture, and climate change (pp. 399-408). Routledge.
  • Teaiwa, K. (2018). Our rising sea of islands: Pan-Pacific regionalism in the age of climate change. Pacific Studies, 41(1-2), 26-54



Journal Articles

Climate Resilience and Adaptation

  • Current, R., Pearce, T., Salabogi, T., Vuli, L., Salabogi, K., Doran, B., Kitson, R., & Ford, J. (2019). Adaptation to climate change in an interior Pacific Island village: A case study of Nawairuku, Ra, Fiji. Human Ecology : An Interdisciplinary Journal, 47(1), 65-80.
  • Latai, N. A., Binns, T., & Nel, E. (2020). Climate change and community resilience in Samoa. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 41(1), 40–60.
  • McNamara, K. E., Clissold, R., Westoby, R., Piggott-McKellar, A. E., Kumar, R., Clarke, T., Namoumou, F., Areki, F., Joseph, E., Warrick, O., & Nunn, P. D. (2020). An assessment of community-based adaptation initiatives in the Pacific Islands. Nature Climate Change, 10(7), 628-639.
  • Medina Hidalgo, D., Nunn, P. D., Beazley, H., Sovinasalevu, J. S., & Veitayaki, J. (2021). Climate change adaptation planning in remote contexts: Insights from community-based natural resource management and rural development initiatives in the Pacific Islands. Climate and Development, 13(10), 909-921.
  • Nunn, P. D. McLean, R., Dean, A., Fong, T., Iese, V., Katonivualiku, M., Klock, C., Korovulavula, I., Kumar, R., & Tabe, T.  (2020). Adaptation to climate change: Contemporary challenges and perspectives. In Kumar L. (Ed.), Climate change and impacts in the Pacific (pp. 499-544). Springer International Publishing.
  • Warrick, O., W. Aalbersberg, P. Dumaru, R. McNaught, and K. Teperman, (2017): The ‘Pacific Adaptive Capacity Analysis Framework’: Guiding the assessment of adaptive capacity in Pacific island communities. Regional Environmental Change, 17, 1039–1051.


Climate Resilience and Traditional Knowledge

  • Clissold, R., McNamara, K. E., Westoby, R., & Wichman, V. (2023). Experiencing and responding to extreme weather: lessons from the Cook Islands. Local Environment, 28(5), 645–661.
  • Inamara, A., & Thomas, V. (2017). Pacific climate change adaptation: The use of participatory media to promote indigenous knowledge. Pacific Journalism Review23(1), 113–132.
  • Nunn, P. D., Kumar, R., Barrowman, H. M., Chambers, L., Fifita, L., Gegeo, D., Gomese, C., McGree, S., Rarai, A., Cheer, K., Esau, D., Fa'anunu, 'O., Fong, T., Fong-Lomavatu, M., Geraghty, P., Heorake, T., Kekeubata, E., Korovulavula, I., Kubunavanua, E., Lui, S., MacLaren, D., Malsale, P., Nemani, N., Plotz, R. D., Puairana, G., Rantes, J., Singh-Peterson, L. & Waiwai, M. (2024). Traditional knowledge for climate resilience in the Pacific Islands. WIREs Climate Change, e882
  • Raisele, K., & Lagi, R. (2023). Indigenous knowledge systems’ role in addressing sea level rise and dried water source: A Fijian case study. Pacific Dynamics, 76(1), 332-353.
  • Malsale, P., Sanau, N., Tofaeono, T. I., Kavisi, Z., Willy, A., Mitiepo, R., Lui, S., Chambers, L. E., & Plotz, R. D. (2018). Protocols and partnerships for engaging Pacific Island communities in the collection and use of traditional climate knowledge. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99(12), 2471-2490.
    Includes practical recommendations for engaging with indigenous communities in Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

  • Vunibola, S., Leweniqila, I., &  Raisele, K. (2024). Reimagining innovation through Indigenous Agricultural Knowledge (IAK): Indigenous innovations and climate crisis resilience in the Pacific. Pacific Dynamics, 8(1), 483-502.


Climate Change - Other



Books on climate change are in the EPS and Macmillan Brown libraries and online. Find them by doing a catalogue search using the keywords climatic changes Pacific.

Journal Articles

For journal articles, start with Multisearch. Use the terms climate change and Pacific Islands (or the name of a country) as the term Pacific will pick up articles about Asia-Pacific and the Pacific Northwest.