Relational and Collective Excellence: Unfolding the Potential of Pacific Early Career Researchers
Allen, JMU; Bennett, JL; Clark, ZL; Escott, K-R; Fa’avae, DTM; Kaulamatoa, JL; Kaulamatoa, R; Lolohea, T; Porter, M; Pulu, V; Tapuke, S; Ualesi, Y; Withers, SE; Woolner, VH
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As Pacific early career researchers (ECRs), relational interconnections and engagement are at the heart of our collective responsibilities to each other. Although we share a mutual responsibility to our research communities (in academia and industry), each Pacific ECR is unique in our field of research and genealogical connections to the Pacific. This paper engages the Indigenous story work methodology to capture, negotiate, and make meaningful links between our research experiences and relational excellence. This methodological approach reveals thematic elements of respect, responsibility, reciprocity, reverence, holism, interrelatedness, and synergy are woven throughout the paper to highlight our collective va-relationality and potential as ECRs. Our collaborative approach to defining and engaging with Pacific research creates new and innovative possibilities for Indigenous and Pacific research excellence.