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Steven Ratuva Wins Metge Medal Award

Ratuva becomes the first Pacific Islander to win the medal.
19 Nov 2020 13:43
Steven Ratuva Wins Metge Medal Award
Professor Steven Ratuva

Fijian academic, Professor Steven Ratuva has won the prestigious Metge Medal for excellence, New Zealand’s highest academic honour in social science research.

The Royal Society of New Zealand which awards medals to New Zealand’s elite scholars cited Professor Ratuva’s research excellence, interdisciplinary leadership and world expertise and standing in his field.

Ratuva becomes the first Pacific Islander to win the medal.
He was also awarded the 2019 Research Medal by the University of Canterbury, the university’s highest academic honour.

As Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (University of Canterbury), Ratuva’s scholarship spans the fields of sociology, anthropology, politics, history, cultural studies, post-colonial and development studies. His research innovation, writings and professional engagements have fostered interdisciplinary and collaborative projects across the
globe.

His research is inspired by the desire to create an equal, sustainable and humanity-based world and to give marginalised scholars a voice at every opportunity.

Ratuva, who was born on Kadavu Island in Fiji, engages in interdisciplinary studies, policy research and a global authority on ethnicity, security and affirmative action with research proficiency in a range of other areas such as inequality, conflict and social protection.
He leads a number of global, national and interuniversity research teams and networks including: a Palgrave project on global ethnicity, the largest ethnicity project in the world; a global project on security for the International Political Science Association; a project on social protection and health (including COVID-19) for the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago; a project on food security and wellbeing for the University of Canterbury; and an international project on risk and security.

He has also been an advisor and consultant for a number of international organizations such as UNDP, International Labour Organization, Asian Development Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and Pacific Island Forum, amongst others, on a range of issues such as social protection, affirmative action,
development, security and governance.

He is also part of a number of international research teams and networks. He is Chair of the International Political Science Association Research Committee on Security, Conflict and Democratization and President of the newly established International Social Science and Humanities Association.

To boost Pacific research to competitive global standards, he started Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, now in its fourth year. He also founded and now runs the Global Research and Innovation Hub on the Pacific (GRIPac) at the University of Canterbury.

A prolific writer, he authored three books published by world-renown academic publishers in 2019 and is working on two more this year.

He also received research awards recently from the Marsden Fund and the New Zealand Health Research Council and also won a Fulbright senior fellowship in 2018 which allowed him to collaborate with leading scholars at University of California (Los Angeles), Duke University and Georgetown University on Pacific minorities and affirmative action in the US and New
Zealand.

His work on ethnicity and security, in particular, have been recognised globally for its contribution to new knowledge. His recent works on ethnicity provides a new way of framing shifting multiple identities in a globalized world. His work on security also interrogates dominant security discourses from the point of view of marginalised groups around the world.

For this, amongst other achievements, he was awarded the University of Canterbury Research Medal in 2019.

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