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Support research into climate change and democracy in Fiji

Closed Cause page created in the Education category by Richard Davis

  • $2,277.00 donated
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Help me travel to South Africa to deliver a paper at an international conference about the politics of climate change and democracy in Fiji.

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Higher Education Climate Special Travel

I am raising funds in order to travel to South Africa to attend a conference where I will speak on climate change and democracy in Fiji.

I have been invited to deliver a conference paper at the triennial consultation of the Global Network for Public Theology in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference dates are 24-26 October 2016.

The theme of their meeting is "Democracy and Social Justice in Glocal Contexts". My proposed paper is entitled "Public Theology in the Context of Climate Change and Fiji's Unchanging State of Exception".

Fiji has emerged from military rule and moves toward democracy. This paper investigates the case that climate change might reinforce undemocratic governmental practices due to the exceptional nature of this global threat and the idea that strong states are need to counter this threat. My paper proposes actions that the church can take to decentralize and democratize action for climate justice. You can read the paper abstract here:

Funds raised will go to cover return travel from Fiji to South Africa, accommodation, conference fees, and related expenses.

No amount is too small (or too big). Every little bit helps.

If you can't make any financial contribution you can still help me by letting your networks know of my plea for assistance. By sharing this campaign with your friends you increase my chances of attending the conference.

(the above photo is of Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, surveying damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016)

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Richard Davis


I am a Christian theologian from Aotearoa New Zealand, currently serving as a lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the Pacific Theological College, in Suva, Fiji Islands. Prior to working at PTC, I worked for many years in central and local government in Wellington and Dunedin, New Zealand. I am an Elder and lay preacher in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. My research and teaching interests include political theology, public theology, Christian social ethics, and ecotheology.

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Richard Davis.

  • $2,277.00 donated
  • 25 generous donors

$2,277 donated



This cause page was created on 18 Jun 2016 and closed at 00:00 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 31 Aug 2016.

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