Prof Wendy Larner

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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 Dean of the Wellington Faculty of Health, the University Librarian, the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), the Director, Sustainability and the Director, Centre for Academic Development.

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 is currently 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.

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. She is a recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Victoria Medal, and New Zealand’s Women of Influence Award for Innovation and Science.

Professor Larner is currently President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, taking up the role in July 2018.