MA (New Zealand), PhD (London)
Human geography

Professor Gerard Ward is Emeritus Professor, Centre for the Contemporary Pacific, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. He is Vice President and immediate Past-President, Pacific Science Association. His research interests focus on the Pacific Islands, particularly on issues of land, environment, population and development.

His recent research includes:

  • changes in customary land tenure
  • migration and identity
  • the consequences of distance and isolation
  • Taupo Country, New Zealand

  • R. Gerard Ward (1999) Widening Worlds, Shrinking Worlds: The Reshaping of Oceania. Canberra: Centre for the Contemporary Pacific.
  • R.G. Ward and P. Ashcroft (1998) Samoa: Mapping the Diversity, 145 pp. Suva and Apia: Institute of Pacific Studies, USP and Nat. Univ. of Samoa.
  • R. G. Ward and E. Kingdon (eds.) (1995) Land, Custom and Practice in the South Pacific, 290 pp. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • R.G. Ward and A. Proctor (eds.) (1980) South Pacific Agriculture: Choices and Constraints, 525 pp. Canberra: Asian Development Bank and ANU Press.
  • M. Levison, R.G. Ward and J.W. Webb (1973) The Settlement of Polynesia: a Computer Simulation, 137pp. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • R. Gerard Ward (ed.) (1966) American Activities in the Central Pacific, 8 vols. Ridgewood, N.J.: Gregg Press.
  • R. Gerard Ward (1965) Land Use and Population in Fiji. London: HMSO, pp309.