Award-winning political sociologist and global interdisciplinary researcher Professor Steven Ratuva is the first person from the Pacific to be promoted to the highest faculty status of Professor Emeritus.
According to the University of Canterbury, Professor Ratuva has been recognized for his global leadership and pioneering interdisciplinary research in various fields, including ethnicity, security, politics, affirmative action, development and social protection.
The university said that in the past two years alone, Professor Ratuva has written and edited five books, including a three-volume global project on ethnicity – the largest and most comprehensive on the subject.
He indicated that among his academic leadership roles, Professor Ratuva has led pioneering projects on global security in collaboration with international agencies such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as chair of the research committee. of the International Political Science Association on Security, Conflict and Democratization.
The university added that Professor Ratuva is currently leading multi-million dollar projects and co-leading a joint University of Canterbury and University of the South Pacific project on climate crisis and resilience. , covering 16 Pacific countries and funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs. , as well as leading a health and social welfare project funded by the New Zealand Health Research Council.