Professor Charles Crothers was born and raised in Tauranga and lived by the harbour. He started his long academic journey at the University of Waikato where he completed his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and then moved to Victoria University to complete his Doctor of Philosophy.
He has kept himself busy throughout his career, moving to work for multiple different universities: Victoria University, the University of Auckland, University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, before finally settling down at AUT’s department of Social Sciences where has been for the last 15 years.
Charles' interest in the Pacific stems from his own students' interests.
He has always kept an interest in the Pacific in his own research, as he says, “The Pacific is part of many studies that I'm doing in Auckland, especially in South Auckland. Pacific people are always important parts of studies to see how they fit into the general picture”.
There are three notable studies Charles has conducted concerning the Pacific. A study of Pacific gatherings, a study using a data set from the Quality of Life Survey looking at the distinctions between different Pacific cultures and a study looking at Pacific households living in Auckland.
Charles says in his research, he likes to find out what is actually happening, what the mechanisms are that makes something work, what doesn’t make it work and how it can be made to work.
He says his proudest moments in his career are yet to come as a lot of his research is still a work in progress.