Dr Bronwyn Howell

Teaching in 2020


Bronwyn is the programme director responsible undergraduate programmes leading the BCOM Management major. She was previously general manager of the New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation at Wellington School of Business and Government.

Bronwyn’s current research interests pertain to the application of risk, risk management and decision-making under uncertainty to governance and management in regulated and government-funded industries, and in public-private partnerships. Her research draws upon both her multidisciplinary academic background including Operations Research, Economics, Management and Public Policy and industry experience as a practitioner in the Information and Communications Technology and Health industries, and the non-profit sector. She has a particular interest in the risks, challenges and opportunities arising from New Zealand’s position as a small, remote economy distant from its trading partners, and the extent to which new electronic and organisational technologies may be adopted or must be adapted to take account of the country’s unchangeable scale and distance endowments.

Bronwyn currently serves as a Board Member and is Secretary to the Board of the International Telecommunications Society. She is a Law and Economics Association of New Zealand Fellow, Senior Research Associate of the Public Utility Research Center, Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida, and Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. She has undertaken a variety of consulting projects for both public and private firms in New Zealand and internationally, and has participated by invitation in forums and regulatory proceedings in New Zealand, the United States, the South Pacific, South Africa and for the African Development Bank.

Bronwyn resides on a lifestyle block in Te Horo on the Kapiti Coast, gounding her perspective on the challenges of remoteness and small scale.


  • 2016: PhD, Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 1999 MBA (Distinction), Victoria University of Wellington
  • 1981 BA (Hons) 1st class in Information Systems (Operations Research), Victoria University of Wellington
  • 1980 BA in Mathematics, Victoria University of Wellington

Research interests

  • Risk management
  • Decision-making under uncertainty
  • Systems thinking and evolutionary economics
  • Governance and management of regulated industries
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Health and ICT sector


Teaching in 2020