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Marilyn Waring appointed to position at AUT

Professor Marilyn Waring has been appointed to The Institute for Public Policy (IPP) at AUT University.

The former Raglan and Waipa National MP is a world-renowned political economist, feminist, development consultant, farmer and author. She has a PhD in Political Economy from Waikato University.

Professor Waring sits on The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's Board of Directors. She joins AUT from Massey University (Albany) where she was Professor of Public Policy and directed the Master of Public Policy degree programme.

In 1975, at 22 years old, Professor Waring became New Zealand's youngest Member of Parliament. She remained in office until 1984.

At AUT Professor Waring will supervise a growing number of Doctoral and Masters thesis students and pursue major international opportunities across a broad range of public policy issues.

"We are delighted to welcome Professor Waring to the university," says Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack.

"Her academic reputation and considerable experience will further strengthen our Institute of Public Policy."

Professor Waring says AUT has distinguished itself in the Auckland and New Zealand tertiary environment.

"AUT impresses me as a university with clear goals and focus. In my new position I will be able to use my skills strategically and produce my best research and supervision work.

"It's an opportunity we all wish we had at some time in our paid work, and I am delighted to have found a university where this is possible."

This June, Professor Waring is presenting to the Pan American Health Organization in Santiago, Chile on 'Measuring women's unpaid work contribution to economic development and welfare'.

In July she is plenary speaker at the 15th Annual Conference of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) in Sydney debating 'Feminist economics between globalisation and local experience'.

During her nine-year political career, Professor Waring was Chair of the Public Expenditures Committee, Senior Government Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and served on the Disarmament and Arms Control Committee.

She has held Fellowships at Harvard and Rutgers Universities.

Professor Waring has published four books: - Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women are Worth (1988) - If Women Counted: The New Feminist Economics (1989) – formed the basis of the award winning Canadian National Film Board documentary Who's Counting? Sex, Lies and Global Economics - The Three Masquerades: Equality, Work and Human Rights (1996) - In the Lifetime of A Goat (2004)

The Institute of Public Policy (IPP) is a research and development centre of AUT University. It provides independent research and advice on economic and social development in New Zealand and comparative countries.

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