Dr. Tammy Tabe

B.A., and P.G.D., University of the South Pacific
M.A., University of Hawai’i, Manoa
Ph.D. University of Bergen

Tammy Tabe is lecturer at PACE-SD at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. She was raised in Solomon Islands and is of I-Kiribati and Tuvalu descent. Tabe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Affairs and Geography and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Affairs from the University of the South Pacific. She obtained a Master’s degree in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai’i, through the scholarship programme of the Pacific Alternatives project of the BPS group. In 2016 she completed her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Tabe emerged from a background of Marine Studies with a deep interest in the role of Marine Protected Areas in local Pacific communities, developed while studying at the University of the South Pacific. Her Master’s thesis, for which she was awarded the Norway-Pacific Islands Scholarship, took a significant turn when she decided to explore the relocation history of the I-Kiribati people in Solomon Islands as a result of extended periods of drought. The thesis she submitted for the MA in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i, ‘Sapon Riki Ba Kain Toromon: A Study of the I-Kiribati Community in Solomon Islands’, focuses on the construction and reconstruction of identity of the Solomons I-Kiribati diaspora as a minority Micronesian community in a large Melanesian-dominated society and nation state.

Following her MA studies at the University of Hawai’i, Tammy Tabe was recruited in 2012 to the University of Bergen’s PhD programme in social anthropology. Her PhD project was a direct continuation of her MA thesis and aimed to provide a comprehensive account and analysis of the forced relocation of the I-Kiribati people to the Solomon Islands from the 1950s. In her research she made use of the Western Pacific High Commission Archives, published literature and materials from her own fieldwork. While Tabe’s PhD project encapsulated the entire I-Kiribati community in the Solomons, her research had a specific focus on Wagina, an island that was settled by a group of I-Kiribati people in the early 1960s. Her research examined the changes and challenges these people encountered as settlers in a foreign land, and how they adapted and became integrated into the local community over the years. Tabe’s research on these early processes of forced resettlement aims at contributing significantly towards policy-making and governing for Pacific Island states that are being affected by climate change and whose people may become subject to relocation.


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