Catching the last wave with Distinguished Prof. Steven Ratuva

September 5, 2022
Steven Ratuva

Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva, award-winning political sociologist and global interdisciplinary scholar, is Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury.

He was elected into the NZ Royal Society-Te Apārangi in 2020 for research distinction and awarded the 2020 Metge Medal, the country’s highest award in social science research excellence. Co-winner of the 2019 University of Canterbury research medal, the university’s highest academic honor, Prof. Ratuva the world’s first Pacific Islander to be promoted to Distinguished Professor, the highest rank in academia.

He has transdisciplinary across sociology, anthropology, political science, development studies, economics, philosophy and history and has published widely on a range of issues including Pacific societies and culture, indigenous knowledge, development, conflict, peace, political change, ethnicity, security, COVID-19, and climate security.

In this episode, we will explore Prof. Ratuva's perspective on climate security and its implications for the Pacific region, including how the climate crisis is creating and fueling conflicts and which actions can be undertaken to address it at the local level.