Institute of Applied Science, University of the South Pacific
Based at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Patrina’s interest and professional experience has focused on empowering resource owning communities in Fiji to develop sustainably. She is currently in the process of drafting Fiji’s National Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) Framework as well as undertaking her Phd studies with the University of Melbourne. Her doctorate thesis aims to understand the strengths and limits of a community-based approach to increasing capacity to adapt to climate change in Fijian villages of which some results have recently been published in a peer reviewed journal. By examining the process and outcomes of a community-based adaptation project in Fiji, this study will highlight lessons learned and recommendations for future adaptation interventions in Fijian villages as well as other Pacific island communities. Patrina has had over 10 years work experience in the areas of community-based natural resource management and gender and environment. In 2009, Patrina was awarded the UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Academic Fellowship.   She holds a Masters in Development from the University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Geography from the University of the South Pacific and Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) from the University of Victoria in Melbourne. Patrina is also a member of Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Management Board.