International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Paul Spoonley

Co-chair International Metropolis Project

Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Massey University in New Zealand


Distinguished Professor Spoonley is Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University in New Zealand. He has degrees in Sociology, Geography and Education with graduate qualifications from University of Otago, University of Bristol and Massey University.

He has led numerous externally funded research programmes, including the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Integration of Immigrants and the Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand (2014-2020). Paul has written or edited 27 books. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and he was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand's Science and Technology Medal in 2009 for his contribution to cross-cultural understanding and scholarship. In 2010, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley and in 2013, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen. He was made a Fellow of the Auckland War Memorial Museum in 2015. He chairs several government research funding/research assessment committees.