Steven Ratuva

Dr Steven Ratuva

Professor Steven Ratuva, a political sociologist, is Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is a recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to carry out research as visiting professor at the University of California (LA), Duke University and Georgetown University. He is also a recipient of the Marsden award as well as winner of a number of project funding awards. 

He is Chair of the International Political Science Association research committee on Democratization and the Military and former President of the Pacific Islands Political Studies Association. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with expertise and research interest in sociology, anthropology, political science, development studies, economics, philosophy and history. With a PhD from the University of Sussex, he has published widely on development, conflict, political change, coups, social protection, elections, ethnicity, security, military, affirmative action, gender and nationalism.

He is leader of an international research team putting together the Global Handbook on Ethnicity, commissioned by Palgrave Publishers. He also leads an international research team, under the auspicious of the International Political Science Association, putting together an edited volume on the military and the new global security environment. He is also Founder and Editor in Chief of the Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research whose aim is to promote Pacific research and scholarship. Prof Ratuva has worked in a number of universities including University of Sussex, University of the South Pacific, Australian National University and University of Auckland. He was a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales, National University of Taiwan and other universities around the world.  He has been consultant and advisor for international organizations such as UNDP, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Labour Organization, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, British Council and other organizations and governments.