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Barclay, Kate

Kate Barclay has a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is an economic anthropologist who has carried out a detailed study of Solomon Taiyo Ltd. and the many national and international aspects of industrial tuna fisheries in Solomon Islands. She did research in Solomon Islands in the 1990s, and is a leading expert on the socio-economic dimensions of tuna fisheries in the Pacific. Kate Barclay maintains an interest in the role of industrial tuna fisheries in the future of the Western Solomon Islands an the nation as a whole.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Solomon Taiyo; industrial tuna fishing; political economy and international relations

Current affiliation, academic qualifications and contact details

Kate Barclay PhD (International Studies)
Senior Lecturer, Japan Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Technology, Sydney
PO Box 123 Broadway NSW 2007
tel: +61 (0)2 9514 1579
fax: +61 (0)2 9514 1578


After visiting the Western Solomons as a tourist several times in the early and mid 1990s, Kate Barclay started research in the Western Solomons in the late 1990s for her PhD project, an economic anthropology of Solomon Taiyo Ltd, based at Noro. In 2008 this work was published by Routledge as the book A Japanese Joint Venture in the Pacific: Foreign Bodies in Tinned Tuna. This research covered the relationships between Solomon Islanders and the Japanese and Okinawan men who worked at Solomon Taiyo, as well as detailing the operations of the company and considering the positive and negatives impacts the company had on Solomon Islands society. Her next project involving the Western Solomons was as part of a larger work looking at the economic development potential of tuna resources for several Pacific Islands countries, which was published in 2007 by Asia Pacific Press as a book Capturing Wealth from Tuna: Case Studies from the Pacific. Kate did fieldwork in Solomon Islands for 6 months in 1999, and one month in 2005. The potential value of Kate's research lies in understanding the potentials and limitations of generating economic development from tuna resources. Tuna, being a perishable product whose major markets lie across the globe, is not an easy commodity to export. Consideration of the kinds of infrastructure, human resources and international networks necessary for tuna fishing, processing and trading will be important for planning the future of the Western Solomons.

Key publications/reports/materials


Barclay, K. 2008. A Japanese Joint Venture in the Pacific: Foreign Bodies in Tinned Tuna. London: Routledge.

Barclay, K, with I. Cartwright 2007. Capturing Wealth from Tuna: Case Studies from Pacific Island Countries. Canberra: Asia Pacific Press, Australian National University.

Book chapters
Barclay, K. (forthcoming) “Fish Imports” in Bourke, R.M. and Harwood, T. (eds). Kaikai, Mani na Graun: The Agricultural Economy of Papua New Guinea. Australian National University, Canberra.

Barclay, K. 2004. “Regional integration and dis-integration in the Pacific: economic articulations”, in M. Falck and A. Santa Cruz (eds.) Globalization, Regionalization and Domestic Trajectories in Pacific Rim: The Economic Impact. Guadalajara, Mexico: University of Guadalajara Press.

Refereed journal articles

Barclay, K. 2007. “Western, Japanese and Islander Perceptions of Japanese Fishing Practices: Ecology and Modernization in the Pacific”, Japan Focus <http://www.japanfocus.org/products/details/2508> (accessed 31 August 2007)

Barclay, K. 2007. “Governance of Tuna Industries: The Key to Economic Viability and Sustainability in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean’, Marine Policy 31: 348-358.

Barclay, K. 2006. ‘Between Modernity and Primitivity: Okinawan Identity in Relation to Japan and the South Pacific’, Nations and Nationalism 12(1): 117-138.

Barclay, K. 2005, “Tuna Dreams Revisited: Economic Contributions from a Tuna Enterprise in Solomon Islands”, Pacific Economic Bulletin 20(3): 78-93.

Barclay, K. 2004. “Mixing Up: Social Contact and Modernization in a Japanese Joint Venture in the Solomon Islands”, Critical Asian Studies 36(4): 507-540.

Barclay K, Wakabayashi Y. 2000. “Solomon Taiyo Ltd – Tuna Dreams Realized?” Pacific Economic Bulletin 15(1): 34-47.

Other publications

Barclay, K. 2008. “Fisheries and Aquaculture” in Solomon Islands Diagnostic Trade Integration Study, Integrated Framework, implementing agency: United Nations Development Program, contact: Heinz Vaekesa, Director External Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, hvaekesa@dfa.gov.sb .


Further ideas and reflections

I am very interested in looking at the ways capitalism is taken up by Pacific Islanders, and the Western Solomons is a good place for this with quite a few long running locally owned businesses.


Barclay (2000) Solomon Taiyo Ltd – Tuna dreams realised (article) (1.52 MB).pdf

Barclay (2004) Social contact and modernization in a Japanese joint venture (article).pdf

Barclay (2005) Tuna dreams revisited part I (article).pdf

Barclay (2005) Tuna dreams revisited part II (article).pdf

Barclay (2006) Okinawan identity in relation to  Japan and the South pacific (article).pdf

Barclay and Cartwright (2006) Governance of Tuna industries (article).pdf

Barclay and Cartwright (2007) Wealth from Tuna (monograph).pdf

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Updated 12 January, 2011