Steven Ratuva is a political sociologist at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has worked as a senior fellow in governance and head of sociology at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji and as fellow at the Australian National University and has been visiting fellow in a number of universities around the world. He completed his PhD at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. His thesis looked at the dynamic interplay between affirmative action as an agent of social engineering and ethno-nationalist politics and how they shape state tension and resource distribution focusing on Fiji and Malaysia. He has been an advisor and consultant for a number of governments and international organizations such as UNDP, ILO, Asian Development Bank, European Union and Pacific Island Forum. His main areas of research are affirmative action and equity, conflict and conflict resolution, regime change and democratization, indigenous knowledge, civil-military relations and social protection. He is part of a number of international research teams and has presented more than one hundred papers internationally in the areas of his expertise.