Gerard Finin's (M.R.P. '86, Ph.D. CRP '91) three decades of work in the profession of planning have focused on the Asia-Pacific region, with special emphasis on Oceania and the Philippines. As director of the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program in Honolulu, he worked directly with Pacific island governments on issues of economic development (e.g., tourism, trade), climate change, and sustainability. His research and consulting have been supported by the Asian Development Bank, Ford Foundation, and U.S. Department of State.
Through the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, Finin has organized Track 1.5 Dialogues with Australia and New Zealand, as well as four U.S. presidential summits, convened most recently in 2016.
Finin's teaching experience at the University of Hawaii–Manoa includes appointments with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies. He has also conducted courses at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. Finin received his B.A. in political science and urban economics from the University at Albany. He earned his M.R.P. and Ph.D. from AAP's Department of City and Regional Planning.
Academic Research/Specialty Areas
- Climate change in the Pacific
- Economic development (tourism, trade)
- Sustainability in island societies
- In Warm South Pacific, Students Faced Cold Reality of Climate Change
- Cornell Students Study Climate Change Impact in Tonga
- Gerard Finin: Tuvalu is Flat: The Global Ebbs and Flows of a Pacific Atoll Nation
- CRP 5850 Special Topics: Planning in the Pacific Islands
- ASIAN TBA: The Contemporary Philippines
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
- United States Department of State, Pacific Islands Tourism Development (2017–18)
- Asian Development Bank, Pacific Division; "Analysis of Pacific Islands Economic Linkages with Selected Asian Markets" (2015–16)
- United States Embassy New Zealand, U.S. Department of State, Future Leaders of the Pacific Young Professionals Program (2013–16)
Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)
- "The Missing Pacific Islands Dimension of the U.S. Asia-Pacific Pivot," 48th University of Otago Foreign Policy School Conference: Pacific Geopolitics in the 21st Century, Duneiden, New Zealand (2013)
- "Baguio City as the Second Washington, DC: Triumphant Urban Center or Fast Declining Slum?" Philippine Studies Colloquium Series, University of Hawaii (2012)
- "Public Space and Public Policy: Lessons from Metro Manila, Philippines," Hanoi Millennium International Planning Conference, Vietnam (2010)
- A Good and Noble Thing: The Pioneering Life and Service of Anna Ward Perkins, MD. Rensselaerville: Rensselaerville Historical Society, 2018.
- The Making of the Igorot: Contours of Cordillera Regional Consciousness. Manila: Ateneo University Press, 2005.
- "Fiji's Post Election Democracy: How Robust?" Huffington Post, East-West Center, October 31, 2014.
- Finin, Gerard. "Envisioning the North Pacific Economies Post 2023." ADB Pacific Economic Monitor, July 2013, 22-26.
- Finin, Gerard A., and Terence Wesley-Smith. "Coups, Conflicts and Crises: The New Pacific Way?" Race and Class 42, no. 4 (2001), 1-16.