About us

The Pacific Research Community (PaRC) brings together La Trobe staff and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students conducting research in the Pacific Islands and the Pacific global diaspora, and La Trobe students who identify with the Pacific region.

PaRC creates a community of staff and students at La Trobe focused on the Pacific and Pacific-Australia engagement. This is unique for Victorian universities and is only replicated in a small number of other Australian Universities.

It builds on the existing and extensive Pacific research and project work already being undertaken at La Trobe, to generate research collaboration, outreach, and community engagement opportunities.

PaRC is co-hosted by the Institute for Human Security and Social Change and the Department of Social Inquiry.


Contact us

The Pacific Research Community is co-hosted at La Trobe University by the Institute for Human Security and Social Change and the Department of Social Inquiry.

The Chair of the Pacific Research Community is Dr John Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Program Convenor, Anthropology at the Department of Social Inquiry.

John can be emailed, or called on 03 9479 6696.

Yeshe Smith is the main point of contact for the Pacific Research Community from the Institute of Human Security and Social Change.

Yeshe is Programs and Partnerships Manager at the Institute for Human Security and Social Change. She can be emailed, or called on 03 9479 1110.