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Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods

(BA (Econ), LLB(Hons), M.Phil (IR), D.Phil)

Professor of Global Economic Governance, University College, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government
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University College

Professor Ngaire Woods is the inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance. Her research focuses on global economic governance, the challenges of globalization, global development, and the role of international institutions. She founded and is the Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme ( She is co-founder (with Robert O. Keohane) of the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. She led the creation of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and, before her appointment as Dean, served as the Schools Academic Director.

Ngaire Woods has served as an Advisor to the IMF Board, to the UNDPs Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government. She was a regular presenter of the Analysis Program for BBC Radio 4, and in 1998 presented her own BBC TV series on public policy. She has also served as a member of the IMF European Regional Advisory Group, and Chair of a World Economic Forums Global Agenda Council. She is currently a Rhodes Trustee, a Non-Executive Director of Arup, a member of the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC), a member of the Board of the Center for International Governance Innovation (Waterloo), a member of the Academic and Policy Board of Oxonia, and a Trustee of the Europeaum.

Her recent books include: The Politics of Global Regulation (with Walter Mattli, Oxford University Press, 2009), Networks of Influence? Developing Countries in a Networked Global Order (with Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, 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 Canadas Aid Program (with Jennifer Welsh, Laurier University Press, 2007), and Making Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries (with Dana Brown, Oxford University Press, 2007). 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.

She was educated at Auckland University (BA in economics, LLB Hons in law). She studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, completing an MPhil (with Distinction) and then DPhil (in 1992) in International Relations. 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.

Globalization, the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO and other global economic institutions; Developing countries in the global economy; Global governance.

Member of three-person External Evaluation Panel (with Karin Lissakers, and Ishrat Husain) appointed by IMF Board to evaluate and report to the Board on the performance of the Independent Evaluation Office (2005-2006).

Member of Davos Faculty and participant at the World Economic Forum, Davos 2006 and 2007.

Member of Board of the Overseas Development Institute, London (since 2004).

Adviser to UNITAR training programmes in Geneva (2002) and in Serbia-Montenegro (2003) on working with International Financial and Economic Institutions.

Adviser to the UN Human Development Report (since 2001 and special role as Lead Consultant on the 2002 Report).

Member of the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development, Washington DC (since 2003)

Governor of the Ditchley Foundation (since 2003)

Founding Board member of ILEAP (International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty: a trade capacity-building project) based at Law School of the University of Toronto.

Member of 12-person Commonwealth Secretariat Expert Group on Development and Democracy (2002-2003) chaired by Manmohan Singh (now Prime Minister of India).

Chair of High-Level Working Group of Developing Country Finance Officials on International Institutional Reform in the Global Financial Governance Initiative (supported by the IDRC, Ottawa, Canada)

Member of the following Editorial Boards: Ethics and International Affairs Cambridge Studies in International Relations (from 2000) International Relations of the Asia Pacific (from 2000) Journal of Global Social Policy (from 1999) The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs


Member of the following Advisory Boards: Prospect Magazine (from 1994) Demos (public policy thinktank) (from 1999) International Policy Forum, H.M. Treasury (from 1999)

Adviser to Wingate Foundation Scholarships Committee (from 1994)

Trustee of The Link Foundation (from 1999) UK delegate to Asia-Europe Young Leaders Symposium, 24-28 May 1999, South Korea. Member of the International Advisory Board of UNU/INCORE project on conflict resolution and ethnicity.

Presenter of BBC Radio 4, Analysis Programme (international affairs and public policy debates) 1994-1997 and BBC2 Television Compass Series (an 8-part series on public policy issues) 1997-8.

I teach and supervise students doing the Masters and Doctoral programmes in International Relations

Course provider: International Relations of the Developing World

Selected publications


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

Exporting Good Governance (with Jennifer Welsh), Wilfred de Laurier University Press, 2007.

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

The Political Economy of Globalization (Macmillan Palgrave, 2000) (main contributor and editor), translated and published in Arabic by the High Commission for Culture, Cairo, Egypt.

Inequality and World Politics (Oxford University Press, 1999) (co-editor with Dr Andrew Hurrell and contributor)

Explaining International Relations since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 1996) (editor and contributor)

Published papers (you can download most of these from

`Understanding pathways through financial crises and the impact of the IMF, Global Governance Vol 12 (2006), 373-393.

`Uneven patterns of governance: how developing countries are represented in the IMF (with Domenico Lombardi), Review of International Political Economy, Volume 13, Number 3 (August 2006).

`Making Corporate Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries (with David Graham), World Development (May 2006), Vol. 34, No. 5.

(with Nilima Gulrajani and Sarah Mulley) `Who needs more coordination? The United Nations and Development Assistance Journal of International Law and International Relations March 2006

`The Shifting Politics of Aid, International Affairs Vol 81, Number 2, March 2005, pp.393-409.

The Bretton Woods Institutions and Mexico in Rosemary Thorp and Valpy Fitzgerald, Economic Doctrines in Latin America: their Evolution, Transmission and Power (2005).

`Democratizing the IMF: the role of Parliaments (with Andrew Eggers and Ann Florini) in Barry Carin and Angela Wood (eds), Accountability of the International Monetary Fund (Ashgate and IDRC, 2005) pp. 38-61.

Globalization and National Autonomy, CHOGM 2000 Review (London 2003).

Groupthink, the IMF, the World Bank and Decision Making About the 1994 Mexican Crisis, chapter 13 of Bob Reinalda and Bertjan Verbeek, Decision-Making in International Organizations (Routledge 2003).

Held to Account: Inter-Governmental Institutions in the World Economy, Ethics and International Affairs Vol.17, No.1, (Spring 2003):69-80; subsequently reprinted in Global Responsibilities: Securing Rights by Defining Obligations edited by Andrew Kuper (Routledge 2005).

Unelected Government: Making the IMF and the World Bank More Accountable Brookings Review (Spring 2003).

The World Bank and IMF in Mary Hawkesworth and Maurice Kogan, Routledge Encyclopedia of Government and Politics Second Edition (London: Routledge, 2003).

The United States and the International Financial Institutions in Rosemary Foot, Neil MacFarlane and Michael Mastanduno, US Hegemony and International Organizations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

Order, Justice, the IMF and the World Bank in Rosemary Foot, John Gaddis, and Andrew Hurrell (eds), Order and Justice in World Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

Sectoral Coalitions: the Case of Services in Diana Tussie (ed), Trade Negotiations in Latin America: Problems and Prospects (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2003):32-48.

Globalization and the Role of International Institutions, chapter one in Anthony McGrew and David Held (eds), Governing Globalization: Power, Authority, and Global Governance (Polity Press, 2002):25-45.

Global Economic Governance and Accountability: the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank (with Amrita Narlikar), International Social Science Journal, No.170 (2001).

Who Should Govern the World Economy?, Renewal, Vol.9, No.2/3 (2001):73-82.

Making the IMF and the World Bank More Accountable, International Affairs Vol.77, No.1 (January 2001).

Russia and the Failure of the Free Market, in Jeff Madrick (ed), Unconventional Wisdom: Alternative Perspectives in the New Economy (New York: The Century Foundation, 2000).

Trade, Regionalism and the Threat to Multilateralism (with Diana Tussie), Latin-American Trade Network, Working Papers No.6 (2000) and also in Woods, The Political Economy of Globalization.

The Challenges of Multilateralism and Governance, in Chris Gilbert and David Vines, The World Bank: Policies and Structure (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).

International Trade and the Emergence of New Inter-State Coalitions (with Amrita Narlikar), Latin-American Trade Network, Working Papers (1999).

Managing Global Economic Problems: Public and Private Sector Roles, for The Ditchley Foundation, UK (December 1999).

Order, Globalization and World Politics, in David Held and Anthony McGrew, The Global Transformations Reader: An Introduction to the Globalization Debate (Cambridge: Polity Press, forthcoming), Part V, Chapter 7.

The Challenge of Good Governance for the IMF and the World Bank Themselves, World Development Vol.28, No.5 (May 2000), reprinted in Peter Burnell and Oliver Morrissey, Foreign Aid in the New Global Economy (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2003).

Globalization and the Challenge to International Institutions, in Ngaire Woods (ed), The Political Economy of Globalization (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000).

The Political Economy of Globalization, in Woods, The Political Economy of Globalization (as above).

The IMF and Russia (with Nigel Gould-Davies), International Affairs Vol.75, No.1 (1999):23-42.

Good Governance in International Organizations, Global Governance Vol.5, No.1 (Jan-March 1999).

Inequality, Globalization and World Order, in Inequality, Globalization and World Politics, edited by Andrew Hurrell and Ngaire Woods, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Globalization: Definitions, Debates and Implications, Oxford Development Studies: Special Issue on Globalization, Vol.26, No.1 (January, 1998) Special Issue on Globalization (as Guest-Editor of the special issue).

Converging Challenges and Diverging Identities: New Zealand Seen Through a Crack in the Wall, in Robert Patman (ed), A Special Relationship in Transition (Dunmore Press, 1998).

Governance in International Organizations: The Case for Reform in the Bretton Woods Institutions, International Monetary and Financial Issues for the 1990s Volume IX (UNCTAD, 1998).

United States Development Assistance Policy (Review), The Journal of Development Studies, Vol.33, No.5 (June 1997):718-719.

The Role of Economic Ideas in International Relations: Beyond Rational Neglect, International Studies Quarterly (June 1995), Vol.39.

Inequality and Globalization (with Andrew Hurrell), Millenium (December 1995), subsequently reprinted in Richard Higgott (ed), The New Political Economy of Globalization (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2000) and in Jane Kelsey (ed), International Economic Regulation (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2002).

The Uses of Theory in International Relations, in Explaining International Relations since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 1996).

The Mexican Rescue, 1995, in The Post-NAFTA Political Economy: Mexico and the Western Hemisphere edited collection by Carol Wise (Pennsylvania University Press, 1998):148-170.

Rethinking International Relations, The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs (December 1995).

The Developing Countries and the Economics of the New World Order, The Oxford International Review, Vol.II, No.3, (1991).

Hedley Bull and International Relations, The Oxford International Review, Vol.II, No.1, (1990).

A Third World Voice within the IMF?, The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, No.314 (April 1990).

Globalization, the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO and other global economic institutions;

Developing countries in the global economy.

Global governance.