Serge Tcherkézoff is a Professor in Anthropology and Pacific Studies (EHESS University, France), attached to the French center for Pacific Studies that he co-founded in 1995 (www.pacific-credo.net) and to ANU (Honorary). His works bring together results of fieldwork in Samoa during the 1980-1990s with an ethno-historical critique of European arrival in Polynesia in 18th century. In ANU, College of Asia and the Pacific, CHL, he manages a French funded program that supports joint worskhops between the Francophone and the Anglophone research institutions of Oceania (www.pacific-dialogues.fr/home.php). In UPF (Tahiti), he is part of the team organising a regional center of research for the Pacific: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme du Pacifique.
Werner Hennings is a Professor who teaches at Bielefeld University in Germany. He has conducted development research in Samoa and the Centre for Samoan Studies published his book in 2011 Development Research: Samoa and other Pacific Islands between modernisation, dependency, subsistence, sustainability and globalisation.