Prof Wendy Larner

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Provost
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Susan Davies

Executive Assistant · Executive Assistant to the Provost
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About Professor Wendy Larner

Professor Wendy Larner became Victoria University of Wellington’s Provost in December 2015.

As Provost, Professor Larner is responsible for driving the highest standards of academic excellence across the University and overseeing the achievement of key goals in its Strategic Plan. Senior managers who report to Professor Larner include the Vice-Provost (Academic) and the Vice-Provost (Research), the University Librarian, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), the Director Sustainability, the Director Centre for Academic Development, and the Director Tītoko – Student Success. Prior to her appointment to Victoria University of Wellington she was the Dean of Social Sciences and Law and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Bristol (UK).

Professor Larner is an internationally respected social scientist whose research sits in the interdisciplinary fields of globalisation, governance and gender. She completed a BSocSci at Waikato, MA (First Class Hons) at Canterbury, and her PhD as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She has held academic positions at the University of Waikato (NZ), University of Auckland (NZ), and University of Bristol (UK). She has also been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (US), Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Queen Mary University, London (UK), and a Guest Professor at the University of Frankfurt (Germany).

She has served as a panelist for the NZ Performance Based Research Fund, UK Research Excellence Framework, and German Universities Excellence Initiative. She was a member of the National Review Panel for the NZ Performance Based Research Fund and a Main Panel member for the UK Research Excellence Framework. She is currently Co-Chair of the NZ PBRF Sector Reference Group.

Professor Larner is a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), a Fellow of the New Zealand Geographical Society, and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Amongst other awards, she is a recipient of the UK Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Medal, New Zealand’s Women of Influence Award for Innovation and Science, and the New Zealand Distinguished Geographer Medal.

Professor Larner was President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi from 2018-2021 and is now Chair of the Fulbright New Zealand Board.