Vijay Naidu is a Fiji citizen, and has been an academic for more than 45 years.
He was Professor and Director of Development Studies at the University of the South Pacific (USP), and Victoria University of Wellington. He is currently, Adjunct Professor in the disciplines of Development Studies and Governance in the School of Law and Social Sciences at USP.
He has held several senior academic leadership positions at USP including head of schools, dean, pro-vice chancellor and acting Vice Chancellor.
He has researched and published on a range of areas in Oceania. He is on the editorial board of a number of scholarly journals. He has been a consultant to government, non-government, regional and multilateral organisations including UN agencies. He is a member of Metropolis Asia and the Pacific (MAP).
He assisted in writing the UNDP 2006 Human Development Report on East Timor. He was the Chief Technical Adviser for the Pacific Island delegation to the UN World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen (1995).
He has served as member of Fiji’s Constituency Boundaries Commission, Legal Aid Commission, and Electoral Commission.
An engaged academic, he was involved in the Fiji Antinuclear Group (FANG) an affiliate of the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Movement, and the Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF). He is a recipient of Fiji’s 25th and 50th Independence anniversary medals.