Ngaire Woods, Background
Ngaire Woods joined CIGI’s International Board of Governors in 2003, and also serves as director of the Global Economic Governance Programme and dean of graduates at University College, Oxford.
Her most recent book The Globalizers: the IMF, the World Bank and Their Borrowers is published by Cornell University Press. She has previously published The Political Economy of Globalization (Macmillan, 2000), Inequality, Globalization and World Politics (with Andrew Hurrell: Oxford University Press, 1999), Explaining International Relations since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 1986), and numerous articles on international institutions, globalization and governance.
Ms. Woods was educated at Auckland University (B.A. in economics, L.L.B. Hons in law). She studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholarship, completing an M.Phil in international relations (with distinction) and D.Phil. She won a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford (1990–1992) and subsequently taught in the Department of Government at Harvard University before taking up her fellowship at University College, Oxford.
In 2005–2006 Ms. Woods was appointed by the IMF Board to a three-person panel to report on the effectiveness of the IMF's Independent Evaluation Office. Since 2002 she has been an adviser to the UNDP's Human Development Report. She was a member of the Helsinki Process on global governance and of the resource group of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Commission into Threats, Challenges and Change, and a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Expert Group on Democracy and Development, which was established in 2002 and reported in 2004.
Other activities include: member of the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington, DC) and the Board of the Overseas Development Institute (London); the editorial board of the series Cambridge Studies in International Relations; the advisory boards of Prospect (a British monthly), The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Demos (the British policy think tank), the Journal of Global Social Policy, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, the Link Foundation for UK-NZ Relations; the Wingate Foundation Scholarships Committee; and governor of the Ditchley Foundation.