New and Emerging Researchers Fono

New and Emerging Researcher Fono (NERF) is a program that is designed to equip OCIES Emerging Researchers with the knowledge and skills to increase the impact of their research and careers. It aims to facilitate networking opportunities and foster new research collaborations.

Aims and expected outcomes


● To establish and grow a vibrant, engaged, and sustainable formal network for Emerging Researchers (ER)* in the Oceania region

● To build research capacity, and support the development of quality research, amongst emerging Comparative and International Education (CIE) researchers in the Oceania region

* We use the term Emerging Researcher to encompass CIE-specific research undertaken by higher degree researchers, early career researchers, and those working in academia wanting to develop a research trajectory.

Expected outcomes:

a) To strengthen research networks in the OCIES ER community;

b) To support emerging researchers to identify and describe their research niche;

c) To support emerging researchers to develop a publication plan;

d) To build capacity amongst ER to undertake peer review and editing of academic articles;

e) To publish a Special Issue of International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives in 2019, which includes articles from ER within the Oceania region

If you are interested to join the New and Emerging Researcher program, please contact our program conveners:

Daniel Couch,

Sonia Fonua,

Dr Donella Cobb,