Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. He is the author or editor of 27 books and he is currently writing a book on the social and demographic changes in New Zealand. He is a Programme Leader of a research programme on the impacts of immigration and diversity (MBIE, 2014-2020) and is a regular commentator in the news media.
He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011 and was awarded the Science and Technology Medal by the Royal Society in 2009. He looked at second generation immigrant identities while he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010, and since 2013, he has been a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. The Auckland War Memorial Museum made him a Fellow in 2015. In 2018, Professor Spoonley was elected the co-chair of Metropolis International – the world’s foremost network concerned with migration and diversity.