Pacific Studies

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    Professor Steven Ratuva, director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, aims to expand the Centre's connections with key institutes through his research in policy and security in the Pacific region.



Postgraduate research studies can be undertaken at UC and students benefit from the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, offering postgraduate students access to contacts with major research institutes and universities, and opportunities to take part in engaging research across multiple disciplines.

Students will have access to UC’s extensive collection of Aotearoa and Pacific literature housed in the Macmillan Brown Library. Developed from the personal library of John Macmillan Brown, a distinguished academic on Pacific Studies, the library contains original works from the 18th and early 19th centuries covering history from Aotearoa and the Pacific region, including literature, manuscripts, photographs, and artworks.

Contact us

Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies

Phone +64 3 369 3377

Level 3, Psychology Building – see campus maps

Postal address
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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Cultural Studies

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Students looking at historic manuscripts


History is more than the study of the past; it is a living creative act. History explores past events in order to inform us about who we are and what is ...