There would be few observers of the Pacific Islands region who do not respect and admire the work of the Lowy Institute’s Melanesia Program Director Jenny Hayward-Jones. Actually, she may have a few detractors among those whose noses she has put out of joint with her commentary, but that’s to Jenny’s credit too.

Unfortunately, after eight years at the Lowy Institute, Jenny is moving on. In this interview we talk about her final research paper about Papua New Guinea’s next generation of leaders, released today, and we reflect on the last eight years in the region: what has changed in the Pacific Islands since Jenny joined the Lowy Institute?