Ngaire Woods

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.

Ngaire Woods
Ngaire Woods - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011.jpg
Ngaire Woods at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2011
Born1962/1963 (age 58–59)
Alma mater
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College, Oxford
ThesisEthics and interests in the international political economy: the management of Mexican debt, 1982–1989 (1992)


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.

Since 2013, Woods has written monthly commentaries[6] on economic and regulatory policy for Project Syndicate, an international media organization.

In early 2021, Woods was appointed by the G20 to the High Level Independent Panel (HLIP) on financing the global commons for pandemic preparedness and response, co-chaired by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Lawrence Summers.[7]

Other activitiesEdit

Corporate boardsEdit

  • Arup, non-executive member of the board of directors[8]
  • Rio Tinto, independent non-executive director[9]

Non-profit organizationsEdit

In the past, 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.


  • 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


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