This special issue of PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies emerged
from discussions about the need to focus research on the diversity of the Pacific and the
sustainability of Pacific peoples and communities for future generations. The issue brings
together articles by researchers from Australia and New Caledonia with interests in
sustainability from the disciplines of linguistics, cultural studies, social science and history
in and across the Pacific region. The papers are drawn primarily from presentations at a
symposium on ‘Pacific communities acting for sustainability,’ held at the University of
Wollongong in July 2016, which involved academics from Australia and New Caledonia.