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Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley FRSNZ stood down as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University in 2019 and has reverted to a position as a research professor in the College. He heads the Massey team on the Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand research programme (MBIE, $6 million, 2014-2021). This follows major external funding for the Integration of Immigrants project and Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi which looked at New Zealand in the 2030s.

Paul is a Fellow of the Auckland Museum, a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany since 2013 and he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010. He was awarded the Science and Technology Medal by the Royal Society in 2009 for cross-cultural understanding. Massey University awarded him the title of Distinguished Professor in 2013. He is a member of the Marsden Fund Council.

He is the author or editor of 28 books, the most recent being The New New Zealand. Facing Demographic Disruption (2020) and he was Ranginui Walker’s biographer (Mata Toa. The Life and Times of Ranginui Walker). He has researched and written on social cohesion, racism, Pākehā identity, demographic change, the far right, white supremacism and anti-Semitism, immigration policy and settlement, diversity impacts and recognition, and the changing nature of work.