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About Ronald R Kumar

Ronald R. Kumar works at that University of the South Pacific. Ronald was a Sasakawa Young Leaders scholar (2009-2010) at the School of Government, Development and International Affairs. He has worked in different sectors, including the University of the South Pacific as teaching assistant in economics, Reserve Bank of Fiji as a research economist (2005) and at the Australia New Zealand Banking Corporation back office support (Quest Limited) as a Business Analyst for Projects (2005-2007). His short-term work includes the Ministry for National Planning (Government of Fiji) for three months as an Economic Planning Officer in 2011 and as Administration Officer at the South Pacific Board for Educational Assessment in 2009. Ronald was as research scholar at the Kyoto University in 2007-2008 period.

Ronald's research focuses on remittances, tourism. technology and migration. Besides these, he also have interest in exploring contemporary drivers of growth for small and developing economics. His masters thesis was on short-term migration in the Pacific, with a case study of Vanuatu. He holds a Master of Commerce (Economics), Master of Arts (Development Studies) and a Bachelor of Science (Maths & Computer Science) qualifications from the University of the South Pacific; a Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) from Fiji National University; and a PhD from the University of Bolton (UK). Ronald's publication has appeared in Tourism Management, Tourism Economics, Tourism Management Perspectives, Energy Policy, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Physica A, Metroeconomica, Pension Economics and Finance, Economic Change and Restructuring, Social Indicators Research, Management Decisions, Quality and Quantity, Economic Systems, Global Business and Economic Review, African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, and International Journal of Business and Economic Review, among others. He has also reviewed papers from journals including Tourism Management, Sustainability, Energy Policy, and South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, Applied Economics.


Present Senior Lecturer, The University of the South Pacific
Present University of the South Pacific, The University of the South Pacific

Research Interests

Energy Economics, Financial Economics, Banking, Sectoral Studies, Tourism, Economic Growth, and Developing Countries

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Honors and Awards

  • Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship
  • MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship
  • Fiji Government Scholarship


  • Business Statistics
  • Mathematics in financial decision making (Year 1)
  • Microeconomics (undergraduate)
  • Macroeconomics (undergraduate)


2014 - Present PhD, University of Bolton ‐ Business School
2010 - 2012 MA, University of the South Pacific - Fiji ‐ School of Government, Development & International Affairs
2009 - 2011 MCom, University of the South Pacific - Fiji ‐ School of Economics
2002 - 2005 BSc, University of the South Pacific - Fiji ‐ School of Mathematics & Computer Science

Contact Information

School of Accounting & Finance, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay Road, Suva, Fiji


Books (2)

Energy (5)

Finance (8)

Remittances (17)