Steven Ratuva becomes world’s first distinguished Pacific professor


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Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva is the first person from the Pacific to be promoted to the highest faculty status of Distinguished Professor.

The award-winning Fiji-born University of Canterbury political sociologist has been recognized for his global leadership and pioneering interdisciplinary research in a variety of fields including ethnicity, security, politics, affirmative action, development and Social Protection.

UC Director Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies, he’s a prolific author. In the past two years alone, he has written and edited five books, including a three-volume Global Ethnicity Project, the largest and most comprehensive on the subject.

Professor Steven Ratuva… speaking at a Pacific Media Center seminar. Image: Del Abcede / APR

Among his academic leadership roles, he led pioneering projects on global security in collaboration with international agencies such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as chairman of the research committee of the International Association of political science on security, conflict and democratization.

Dr Ratuva is currently leading multi-million dollar projects and co-leading a joint UC and University of the South Pacific project on Climate Crisis and Resilience, spanning 16 Pacific countries. The climate project is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He also heads a health and social welfare project funded by the New Zealand Health Research Council.

Last year, eminent Professor Ratuva was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and won the Society’s Mertge Medal for Excellence in Social Science Research in New Zealand.

In 2019 he won the University of Canterbury Research Medal and was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship in 2018 to conduct research on ethnicity and affirmative action with leading experts in the field at the University. of California, Duke University and Georgetown University.

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