Professor of Public Policy
Faculty of Culture and Society
From her start as the youngest person ever to be elected into parliament, Professor Marilyn Waring’s contribution to politics, economics and feminism cannot be matched.
With research areas including governance and public policy, political economy, gender analysis and human rights Professor Waring’s work has been revered across the world. She became a Member of Parliament in 1975 when she was just 22 years old (she was re-elected three times before finishing in 1984) and her career has spanned both print and film, producing articles, books and documentaries.
Her knowledge and expertise has been utilised in her own documentary in 1995, Who’s Counting?: Marilyn Waring on sex, lies and global economies, which was selected to show at over 15 film festivals and has won numerous awards.
Consultancy work has seen Professor Waring travel to China, Nepal, Canada, Mexico and Kenya along with various Pacific Islands to complete a range of projects for The United Nations and government agencies in New Zealand and internationally. While in Jamaica she was even asked to be the official New Zealand representative at Bob Marley’s state funeral in 1981.
She continues to consult and publish articles and has received accolades for many of these works. These have included a Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, a Suffrage Centenary Medal, a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to women and economics, an Honorary Doctorate from the Glasgow Caledonian University for her contribution to international feminism and female human rights and in 2005 she joined the ranks of 1000 women to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.