Ngaire Woods

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Ngaire Woods
Ngaire Woods - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011.jpg
Ngaire Woods at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2011
Born 1962/1963 (age 55–56)
New Zealand
Alma mater
Scientific career
Institutions University College, Oxford
Thesis Ethics and interests in the international political economy: the management of Mexican debt, 1982–1989 (1992)

Ngaire Tui Woods[1] CBE (/ˈnr wʊdz/; born 1962/1963[2]) is the founding dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford. She founded the Global Economic Governance Programme (currently directed by Emily Jones) and is the co-founder (with Robert Keohane) of the Oxford–Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. She was born in New Zealand.


Woods attended Rangitoto College in Mairangi Bay, Auckland, where she was head girl in 1980.[3] She then attended the University of Auckland where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Bachelor of Laws degree. She studied at Balliol College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar, completing Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in international relations.

From 1990 to 1992, she was a Junior Research Fellow at New College, Oxford, and subsequently taught at the Government Department at Harvard University before taking up her fellowship at University College, Oxford.[4]


Woods was named inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government in 2011.[5] Her research focuses on global economic governance, the challenges of globalization, global development, and the role of international institutions.

Ngaire Woods has served as an Advisor to the IMF Board, to the UNDP Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government. She was a regular presenter of the Analysis Program for BBC Radio 4, and in 1998 presented her own BBC TV series on public policy. She has also served as a member of the IMF European Regional Advisory Group, and Chair of a World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. She is currently a Rhodes Trustee, a Non-Executive Director of Arup, a member of the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington, DC), a member of the Board of the Center for International Governance Innovation (Waterloo), a member of the Academic and Policy Board of Oxonia, and a Trustee of the Europeaum.

She is a governor of the Ditchley Foundation,[6] and in 2009 she became a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust.

Since 2013, Woods has written monthly commentaries[7] on economic and regulatory policy for Project Syndicate, an international media organization.


  • Woods, N. The Globalizers: the IMF, the World Bank, and their Borrowers, Cornell University Press, March 2006; ISBN 0-8014-4424-1
  • Woods, N. The Political Economy of Globalization, Macmillan, 2000
  • Woods, N. "Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program" (with Jennifer Welsh, Laurier University Press, 2007)
  • Woods, N. "Making Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries" (with Dana Brown, Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Woods, N. (Editor) Explaining International Relations since 1945, Oxford University Press, 1996; ISBN 0-19-874196-0
  • Woods, N. (Co-Author) Inequality, Globalization, and World Politics, Oxford University Press, 1999; ISBN 0-19-829567-7
  • Mattli, W and Woods, N (Co-Author) The Politics of Global Regulation, Princeton University Press March 2009; ISBN 0-691-13961-X


  1. ^ "New Year's Honours 2018" (PDF). Government Digital Service. 29 December 2017. p. 21. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  2. ^ Maccoby Berglof, Annie (15 February 2013). "At home: Ngaire Woods". Financial Times.
  3. ^ Rangitoto College Alumni
  4. ^ "Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government".
  5. ^ Blavatnik School of Government announcements Archived 7 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine. University of Oxford, 6 October 2011
  6. ^ "The Governors". The Ditchley Foundation.
  7. ^ "Ngaire Woods - Project Syndicate". Project Syndicate. Retrieved 2017-10-20.

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