Chris Gallavin

Eisenhower Fellow, Professor, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor at Massey University


Professor Chris Gallavin, the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, believes today’s youth are living in the most exciting times in human history.  That’s because with global problems come opportunities to change the world for the wellbeing of humanity. A former law professor specialising in criminal law, Chris’ expertise has featured in television documentaries and a broad array of other media. In 2018 he was named NZ’s Eisenhower Fellow, one of 24 from around the world, as part of the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship Global Program in the US. His research focused on the democratization of education through the disruptive innovation of technology. 

Disruption. Transformation. Innovation. Inclusion. Collaboration. Community. Just some of the buzz words evoking changes afoot in the tertiary education sector and in global debates about its future – the focus of his two-month stint as an Eisenhower Fellow. 

His project as a Global Fellow encompasses his life mission: helping shape the university of the future as community partners in addressing the imperatives of our time; sustainability, equality, equity, social enterprise, social justice, economic development and entrepreneurialism. Professor Gallavin is also a member of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team and an enthusiastic and committed performance poet.

Our exclusive interview with Chris Gallavin