Ngaire Woods

Dean of the School

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 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 School’s Academic Director.

Ngaire Woods has served as an Advisor to the IMF Board, to the UNDP’s 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 Forum’s Global Agenda Council. She is currently a Rhodes Trustee, a member of the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC), a member of the Academic and Policy Board of Oxonia, a member of the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation 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 Canada’s 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.


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

Networks of Influence (with Leonardo Martinez), Oxford University Press, 2009.

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) (and also published by the India Research Press, New Delhi 2007), selected by Choice Magazine 2006 Outstanding Academic Title, and shortlisted (with 4 others) for the International Political Economy Group (IPEG) Book Prize 2007 of the British International Studies Association (BISA);

The Political Economy of Globalization (Macmillan Palgrave, 2000) (main contributor and editor)

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)

Some selected published papers

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'The IMF's Unmet Challenges' (with Barry Eichengreen), Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 30, no. 1, Winter 2016. (pp. 29-52).

'Transforming Global Governance for the 21st Century' (with Alexander Betts, Jochen Prantl and Devi Sridhar), UNDP Occasional Paper 2013/09, UN, New York. 

Global Governance after the Financial Crisis: A New Multilateralism or the Last Gasp of the Great Powers?, Global Policy, Vol.1, Issue 1, Pages 51 - 63 (2010).

'Governing Climate Change: Lessons from other Governance Regimes' (with Arunabha Ghosh) in Cameron Hepburn and Dieter Helm, The Economics and Politics of Climate Change (Oxford University Press, 2010).

'Developing Country Concerns about Climate Finance Proposals: Priorities, Trust, and the Credible Donor Problem' (with Arunabha Ghosh) in Richard Stewart, Benedict Kingsbury et al, Climate Finance: Regulatory and Funding Strategies for Climate Change and Global Development (New York : New York University Press : New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, 2009)

‘The politics of influence: an analysis of IMF surveillance’, Review of International Political Economy 15:5 December 2008: 709-737.

‘Whose aid? Whose influence? China, emerging donors and the silent revolution in development assistance’, International Affairs Vol 84, No.6, November 2008 pp.1205-1221.

‘A Commonwealth Initiative to Support Reform in the IMF and World Bank’, prepared for (and presented to) the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Reform of International Institutions (London, 9-10 June 2008), published by the Commonwealth Secretariat (2008).

‘From intervention to cooperation: reforming the IMF and World Bank’, prepared for (and presented to) the Progressive Leaders’ Governance Conference, London 2008, published by Policy Network (2008).

'The changing politics of aid’, chapter one in Exporting Good Governance (with Jennifer Welsh), Wilfred de Laurier University Press, 2007.

'The Political Economy of IMF Surveillance’ (with Domenico Lombardi), CIGI Working Paper, January 2007.

'Multilateralism and building stronger international institutions’, Chapter 2 of Ebrahim, Alnoor and Edward Weisband (eds). Forging Global Accountabilities: Participation, Pluralism, and Public Ethics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 2007. ·

'Understanding Pathways through Financial Crises’, Global Governance, Volume 12, No.4, 2006 (October-December). ·

'Bretton Woods Institutions’, chapter 13 of Thomas G. Weiss and Sam Daws (eds), Oxford Handbook of The United Nations (Oxford University Press, 2007).

'Who needs more coordination? The United Nations and Development Assistance’ (with Nilima Gulrajani and Sarah Mulley), Journal of International Law and International Relations, Vol.2 (1), 2006.

'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.

'The Shifting Politics of Aid’, International Affairs (March 2005). 

'The Role of Parliaments in Holding the IMF to Account’ (with Andrew Eggers and Ann Florini) in Barry Carin and Angela Wood, Making the IMF Accountable (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).

'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 with permission in Global Responsibilities: Securing Rights by Defining Obligations edited by Andrew Kuper (Routledge 2005).

'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).

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

'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).

‘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).

‘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).

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

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Professor Ngaire Woods's interview about Brexit on Newsnight is picked up by The Express
Daily Express - Saturday, 1 April, 2017
Ngaire Woods is interviewed about Brexit and sequencing
BBC2 - Friday, 31 March, 2017
Europe's rocky road ahead - Ngaire Woods is interviewed
BBC World Service - Friday, 3 February, 2017
Professor Ngaire Woods is interviewed after a visit to the EUI
The European University Institute (EUI) Times - Tuesday, 31 January, 2017
Ngaire Woods comments on President Trump and the Trans Atlantic Partnership
BBC Radio 4 - Tuesday, 24 January, 2017
Report from Davos. Professor Ngaire Woods quoted
Arab News - Saturday, 21 January, 2017
Report and analysis from Davos. Professor Ngaire Woods quoted
CNN (Money) - Friday, 20 January, 2017
A report from Davos focuses on banking sector. Professor Ngaire Woods is quoted
Daily Telegraph - Friday, 20 January, 2017
Discussion hosted by the WSJ at Davos, featuring Professor Ngaire Woods in the panel
The Wall Street Journal - Friday, 20 January, 2017
Coverage of the UK Prime Minister's speech includes comment from Professor Ngaire Woods
Bloomberg - Thursday, 19 January, 2017