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Guest lecture

Wellbeing Report seminar series: Public Leadership in times of Polarisation

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Public leadership is being tested to its limits. Polarisation within societies is vying with polarisation in geopolitics in confounding long-established habits of leadership. Public trust in most countries is declining. This lecture, presented by Professor Ngaire Woods, will look at what public leaders across the world are doing to enhance public trust in the state, to repair economic and social damage wrought by COVID, and to chart new paths in their international relations.

About the presenter

Professor Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University. Her research focuses on how to enhance the governance of organisations, the challenges of globalisation, global development, and the role of international institutions and global economic governance.

Ngaire Woods serves as a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s International Advisory Panel and as a Non-Executive Director at Rio Tinto. She has published extensively on international institutions, the global economy, globalisation, and governance.

She was educated at Auckland University. She studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar. She won a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford (1990-1992) and subsequently taught at Harvard University (Government Department) before taking up her Fellowship at University College, Oxford and academic roles at Oxford University.

Video recording

A transcript and captions for this video will be available in due course.

Wellbeing Report seminar series

The first wellbeing report, Te Tai Waiora: Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand 2022, was released in November 2022.

This online seminar is part of a Wellbeing Report programme of Guest lectures running in 2022 and 2023.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 21 December 2022