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David   Leeming

Independent researcher
(Solomon Islands)

Independent consultant based in Solomon Islands since 1996. Initially I served as a VSO teacher in Isabel and Rennell provinces, and then became involved in ICTD, ICT in education, C4D and community media. I incorporated my consulting company in 2006. Between 2014 and 2016 I studied for the degree of M.A. in Communication for Development (part time by distance) at Malmo University. I graduated in June 2016. My degree project (15-credit thesis) uses social representations theory in regard to the protection/preservation of intangible culture, with a Solomon Islands case study (the Bellonese ritual tattooing practice of Taukuka). My consulting record and links to my thesis and other publications (on ICTD themes) can be found in my CV.

Communication studies
Geographic administrative areas
Geographic places
Historical periods
Ancestral Oceania
First and Early contacts
21st century
Indigenous languages
Tok Pisin, Pijin, Rennell-Bellona
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  • Masters Research (2016)
    Social representations of Taukuka — Malmo University, Sweden
    Social representations, Solomon Islands, Communication for Development, Social psychology, social knowledge, cultural heritage, cultural studies, Rennell, Bellona

    A social knowledge approach to the preservation of Bellonese intangible cultural heritage, Solomon Islands. By using a ComDev approach in regards to such cultural forms (embodied, tattoo) it extends the field. Furthermore, it informs the discourse on the protection of traditional knowledge and forms of cultural expression (TKEC) in the Pacific by demonstrating a communications and social knowledge approach, and it also relates to cultural education. I have also co-authored two papers on ICTD themes in Solomon Islands. These are all available at
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