Fi­jian aca­demic from Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury wins top award

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ANew Zealand-based Fi­jian po­lit­i­cal so­ci­ol­o­gist, Pro­fes­sor Steve Ratuva, has won a pres­ti­gious Ful­bright Se­nior Scholar Fel­low­ship to carry out re­search as vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at three lead­ing Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties. The uni­ver­si­ties are Duke Univer­sity in North Carolina, Ge­orge­town Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton DC and Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia in Los Angeles. The award is the most pres­ti­gious aca­demic fel­low­ship of­fered by the United States for some of the world’s lead­ing aca­demics to carry out re­search or teach­ing in US uni­ver­si­ties. Pro­fes­sor Ratuva is cur­rently di­rec­tor of the Macmil­lan Brown Cen­tre for Pa­cific Stud­ies and Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of An­thro­pol­ogy and So­ci­ol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury. He will carry out re­search on “Hor­i­zon­tal in­equal­ity and af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion—a com­par­a­tive study of Pa­cific Is­land mi­nori­ties in New Zealand and United States” and will work in part­ner­ship with some of the world’s lead­ing ex­perts in the field. The award fol­lowed a rig­or­ous and highly com­pet­i­tive process of re­search as­sess­ment, re­view and in­ter­view and is in recog­ni­tion of Pro­fes­sor Ratuva’s in­ter­na­tional re­search ex­per­tise as an in­ter­dis­ci­plinary so­cial sci­en­tist.

Part of his in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion was his re­cent ap­point­ment as Chair of the In­ter­na­tional Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence As­so­ci­a­tion (IPSA) re­search com­mit­tee on democrati­sa­tion and the military and mem­ber of the IPSA Re­search Com­mis­sion. He is also a re­cip­i­ent of a Royal So­ci­ety of New Zealand Mars­den re­search award.

He is also for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Pa­cific Is­lands Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence As­so­ci­a­tion, found­ing editor of the new aca­demic re­search jour­nal, Pa­cific Dy­nam­ics: Jour­nal of In­ter­dis­ci­plinary Re­search and has pub­lished widely in the ar­eas of Pa­cific re­gional pol­i­tics; so­ci­o­log­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal pro­cesses the­o­ries; cul­tural change; con­flict res­o­lu­tion; so­cial pro­tec­tion; af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion; eth­nic iden­tity and pol­i­tics; global, re­gional and na­tional se­cu­rity; so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment; elec­toral en­gi­neer­ing; and con­sti­tu­tional re­form. He was worked in a num­ber of uni­ver­si­ties in­clud­ing the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific, Univer­sity of Sus­sex, Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Auck­land and vis­it­ing fel­low in a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties.

Pro­fes­sor Steve Ratuva.

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