Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods

Senior Research Fellow; Professor of Global Economic Governance; Development Adviser; Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government

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I am the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance.  Once a Tutorial Fellow at Univ, I am now a Senior Research Fellow of the College.  My teaching at the Blavatnik has a particular focus on international economic institutions and governance.


My research focuses on how to enhance the governance of organizations, the challenges of globalization, global development, and the role of international institutions and global economic governance. Previously, I founded the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University and co-founded (with Robert O. Keohane) the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. I led the creation of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

I serve as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and as a Rhodes Trustee.  I am co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values, Technology and Governance. I also serve on the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC).  Previously, I served as a member of the IMF European Regional Advisory Group, and as an Advisor to the IMF Board, to the African Development Bank, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government. I have presented numerous documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and BBC TV2.

Selected Publications

Networks of Influence? Developing Countries in a Networked Global Order (with Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Oxford University Press, 2009)

The Politics of Global Regulation (with Walter Mattli, Oxford University Press, 2009)

The Globalizers: the IMF, the World Bank and their Borrowers (Cornell University Press, 2006)

Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program (with Jennifer Welsh, Laurier University Press, 2007)

Making Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries (with Dana Brown, Oxford University Press, 2007)

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)

numerous articles on international institutions, globalization, and governance.

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