PACMAS Technical Advisory Group
The PACMAS Technical Advisory Group (TAG) are contracted by the ABC International Projects to support and provide regular advice on technical issues to AusAID, the ABC and the PMG as they arise.
The broad role of the TAG centres on issues associated with research and M&E, partner capacity development, effective communications for development (C4D) Practices, and reinforcing the principles of public intrest media in the Pacific.
Professor Jo Tacchi is Deputy Dean, Research and Innovation in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. She is a media anthropologist with a special interest in radio and digital media. Her research has included collaborations with a range of partners including UNESCO and other UN agencies, NGOs and corporate partners. Her research has focused both on ethnographic understanding of media and communication for development in a range of contexts, and on developing ethnographically informed participatory and mixed method approaches to understanding social change. Research in communication for development (C4D) has been a focus of her research since 1999. Her work in this area has been centrally concerned with issues around culture and social change, and in developing suitable methodologies for investigating this.
Derek Brien is co-founder and executive director of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy. Derek has provided policy and strategic planning advice to governments in Australia, Britain and the Pacific over the last fifteen years. Prior to establishing PiPP, he ran his own consultancy practice focusing on strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and the reform of government systems. In his current role, Derek has led a range of research communications initiatives to stimulate and support policy debate in Pacific island countries on issues relating to trade, economic growth, infrastructure, governance and political systems, the aid relationship and climate change. Derek is regularly called upon to provide advice to governments, development agencies and academia, and is a regular commentator on public policy issues in the Pacific.