Professor Steven Ratuva

Professor Steven Ratuva


Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, Canterbury University


Professor Steven Ratuva, 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 was Fulbright Professor at the University of California (LA), Duke University and Georgetown University and was recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden award and NZ Research Council award for research.

He is Chair of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Conflict, Security and Democratization, member of the advisory board of IPSA 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, political economy and history and has carried out research in Asia, Africa, US, Pacific, UK and Europe.

With a PhD from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, he has published widely in the areas of culture, development, conflict, political change, coups, social protection, elections, ethnicity, security, military, affirmative action, gender and nationalism.

His latest books are Guns and roses: Comparative civil military relations in the changing security environment (Palgrave, 2019); Palgrave handbook on ethnicity (Palgrave-Springer, 2019) and Contested terrain: Reconceptualising security in the changing Pacific (ANU Press, 2019).