The Ninth Lecture of the 2023 / 2024 Season is on


Friday 23rd February 2024


'First Contact: Papua New Guinea's Engagement with the Wider World'


Ronald Skeldon


Professor Ronald Skeldon is an Emeritus Professor at both the University of Sussex and Maastricht University.  He completed his BSc (Hons) in Geography at the University of Glasgow, followed by an MA in Geography at the University of Toronto.  He gained his PhD in 1974 with a Dissertation on Migration in a Peasant Society: the Example of Cuzco, Peru.  Ron then became a Research Fellow at the New Guinea Research Unit of the Australian National University, later the Papua New Guinea Institute for Applied Social and Economic Research.  In 1977, Ron joined the United Nations, initially as a census adviser in Papua New Guinea, then as a population expert based in Bangkok, a post he held until 1982 when he joined the faculty of the University of Hong Kong; he left in 1996, as Professor of Geography.  

Ron then  spent four years as an independent consultant based in Bangkok, working mainly for international organisations, including the International Organisation for Migration; the UN Population Division; the UN Population Fund; the International Labour Organisation; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Social Science Research Council in New York.

In 2000, Ron took up a post as a Professorial Fellow in Geography at the University of Sussex, and, in 2013, a Professorship of Human Geography in the Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University in the Netherlands.  He continues to work as an occasional consultant to international organisations, particularly the International Centre for Migration and Policy Development in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Ron Skeldon lives in Nairn, and takes a very active part in the community; he is currently the President of the Nairn Literary Institute, and is Chair of the annual Nairn Book & Arts Festival.



Nairn Free Church, Gordon Street

7.00 p.m.

All Welcome

Members Free, Guests £5.00 on the door



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