Prof. Dr. Paul Spoonley

Curriculum Vitae

Distinguished Prof. Emeritus Paul Spoonley was Pro Vice-Chancellor for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand until 2019. He is currently the Co-Director of “He Whenua Taurikura. The National Centre of Research Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”. This centre was established in 2022 by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He is also a member of the Independent Panel advising the New Zealand Police Commissioner on a major research project investigating systemic racism and bias in policing. He has been the research lead on a number of publicly funded research programmes, including “Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand” programme ($NZ 6.5 million, 2014-2021). Paul was the recipient of the Royal Society Science and Technology Medal in 2009, was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011. He is a Chair and member of the Marsden Fund Council, a major source of government research funding in New Zealand. Paul is a Fellow of Auckland Museum as well as currently being a member of the Museum’s Board. He is Co-Chair of International Metropolis, an international network of immigration researchers and policy analysts. He is the author or editor of 29 books, including Mata Toa. The Life and Times of Ranginui Walker (2009), The New New Zealand. Facing Demographic Disruption (2020, 2021) and Histories of Hate. The Radical Right in Aotearoa New Zealand (2022).

At MPI-MMG Paul Spoonley has co-operated with Steven Vertovec on urban superdiversity, especially in the Pacific/New Zealand and is a contributor to the Oxford Handbook on Superdiversity (2022).

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Stay at MPI-MMG:
September 2013
June - August 2019
August - September 2022

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