Cresantia (Frances) Koya

Dr Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka‘uta (Fiji) is the Director of the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies & Pacific Heritage Hub, UNESCO Faculty of Arts, Law and Education at The University of the South Pacific, Fiji. She was previously a senior lecturer in Education at The University of the South Pacific. Her doctoral thesis explored Pacific understandings of ESD through an examination of Samoan and Tongan Heritage Arts. Koya Vaka’uta’s research interests include Pacific island education, Pacific Island Arts, art as a social learning tool, Protest Poetry, Pacific Research and Evaluation, Pacific indigenous research methodologies, and Education for Sustainability in the islands. A poet and artist, she is interested in the potential role that the arts can play in formal and non-formal education with reference to issues of resilience, sustainability, and crisis in the Pacific islands.