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Director, Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies
Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
University of Canterbury,
New Zealand.

Speech Title:People, Power and Peace: where are we heading?”


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 is a recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and was Fulbright Professor at the University of California (LA), Duke University and Georgetown University. He was also recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden award. He is Chair of the International Political Science Association research committee on Conflict, Security and Democratization and former President of the Pacific Islands Political Studies Association. He is a global interdisciplinary scholar with expertise and research interest in sociology, anthropology, political science, development studies, political economy, innovation, social, enterprise, philosophy 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 development, conflict, political change, coups, social protection, elections, ethnicity, security, military, affirmative action, gender and nationalism.

He is leader of an international research team of more than 100 social science experts commissioned by Palgrave Macmillan and Springer Publishers to put together the Global Handbook on Ethnicity. He also leads an international research team on civil-military relations and global security under the auspicious of the International Political Science Association. He is also Founder and Editor in Chief of the Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research whose aim is to promote Asia-Pacific research and scholarship. Prof Ratuva has worked in a number of universities including University of Sussex, University of the South Pacific, Australian National University and University of Auckland. He was a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales, National University of Taiwan and other universities around the world. He has been consultant and advisor for international organizations such as UNDP, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Labour Organization, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, British Council and other organizations and governments.

social sciences


Former Chief Government Negotiator in the Peace Talks with the Moro Islamic LiberatioN Front

Political Science Professor of the University of the Philippines


Miriam Coronel Ferrer is currently the Senior Mediation Adviser at the United Nations and Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines, where she has taught courses on and published articles on the governments and politics of Southeast Asia, peace processes, human rights and international humanitarian law, civil society and democratization, among others. Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer headed the Government of the Philippines panel in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that culminated in the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in March 2014.

She led governmental negotiations, consultation, and strategizing processes, and was also responsible for setting up the peace infrastructure and supervising the first two years of implementing the accord.  While on the Standby Team, she has inter alia supported UN engagements in Maldives, Afghanistan, and the ASEAN region.

She has previously been extensively involved in national civil society campaigns, co-leading the initiative to draft the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security that was adopted by the Philippine government in 2010.  She has also joined international CSO-led human rights/peace missions in Nepal, East Timor, Cambodia, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Sudan.


Dr. Tuhin Roy


Khulna University


Dr. Tuhin Roy completed his Ph.D degree from the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies and obtained his undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2009 he joined as a lecturer of Sociology Discipline of Khulna University. Presently Dr. Roy is working as an associate professor of the same discipline. Recently he is conducting the courses are namely, Introduction to sociology, Sociology of Development, Classical Sociological Theory, Sociology of Environment, Disaster Management, South Asian Studies, Contemporary Bangladesh society and culture, Sociology of organization, Development, Institutions and NGOs, Project management, and Research methodology. Before joining in Khulna University, he was a part-time faculty member of Department of Sanskrit, University of Dhaka while he taught Introduction to Sociology. He also appointed as a teaching assistant of BRAC University while he taught Bangladesh studies. In addition, he was also research associate of Banglapedia (National encyclopedia of Bangladesh) of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

Recently, Dr. Roy published widely in the areas of development, disaster management, environmental politics, coastal health risk management and the vulnerable groups and their livelihoods. He has published 6 books and 25 research articles from the national and international journals. In 2018, he received Overall Best Presentation Award and Session Best Award-2018, from the International Conference on Social sciences (ICOSS), Colombo, Srilanka. He writes popular articles in Bengali national dailies on various contemporary social issues. He also attended on several national and international conferences, Symposiums and workshops as presenter, scientific committee member, session chair and plenary speaker. His major book publication includes Bangladesher Muktiyudha: Dhaka o Calcutta Biswabidyalayer Obodan (Liberation War of Bangladesh): Contribution of Dhaka and Calcutta University from the University Press Limited (UPL, 2009), Bangladesh and Vulnerable Occupation and Poverty: A Study on Honey Collectors of Dacope Upazilla, Bangladesh from  Germany: VDM Verlag Dr Muller in 2011. In 2020, one of his book chapters has been published from the renowned publisher Springer entitled Disaster Risk Mitigation Strategies in the Southwestern Coastal Region of Bangladesh in the book of Urbanization and Regional Sustainability in South Asia. Recently he has done his  research project entitled on Impacts of Salinity Intrusion on Health of women in Disaster Prone Area of Bangladesh” and his ongoing research project is “Power of religion on Disaster Management in Coastal Bangladesh” funded by Khulna University Research Cell (KURC), Bangladesh. He is the editorial member of some journals including JSS Journal of Science studies, iga KM@ pulutan sidore kotasolatiga, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia.  Dr. Roy is the life Member of Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Dhaka University Alumnai Association, and Bangladesh Sociological Association. He is also adviser to the chairman of National Debate Federation, Bangladesh (NDF BD), and advisor of Noiayeek (Khulna University debate club). His passion for research and ongoing attachment to vulnerable people contributes to expound his social responsibility for people, community and environment.