Professor Steven Ratuva


Professor Steven Ratuva

 

Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Canterbury

 

Steven Ratuva is an interdisciplinary Fijian scholar whose Pacific and international expertise spans international relations, political change, development studies, conflict and peace studies, digitised social control, social protection, affirmative action, indigenous knowledge and the politics of climate emergency.

He leads a number of international projects on global security, COVID and social protection and climate security. He is Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (University of Canterbury); Chair of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Conflict, Security and Democratization; and former President of the Pacific islands Political Science Association.

He has carried out advisory and consultancy roles for a number of organizations such as UNDP, ILO, Pacific Islands Forum, Commonwealth Secretariat, Asian Development Bank and others. In 2018 he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship and worked at the University of California (LA), Duke University (North Carolina) and Georgetown University (Washington DC). He was winner of the University of Canterbury research medal in 2019; winner of the 2020 Metge Medal, NZ’s highest award in social science research excellence and was elected as Fellow of the NZ Royal Society in 2021 for research distinction.