Professor Wendy Larner, PhD, is the Provost at Victoria University of Wellington. As the Provost, Professor Larner is responsible for driving the highest standards of academic excellence across Victoria and overseeing the achievement of key goals in Victoria's Strategic Plan. These include adopting a distinctive academic emphasis, enhancing research quality, quantity and impact, providing a student experience that is second to none and increasing enrolments of talented students from disadvantaged groups in society.
Prior to Victoria, Professor Larner was at the University of Bristol where she was the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, and Professor of Human Geography and Sociology.
Professor Larner is an internationally respected social scientist whose research sits in the interdisciplinary fields of globalisation, governance and gender. She completed her BSocSci at Waikato, MA (First Class Hons) at Canterbury, and her PhD as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has held academic positions at the University of Waikato and the University of Auckland, and Visiting Fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (US), Queen Mary University (UK), and the University of Frankfurt (Germany). Her research has been recognised with a range of scholarships and awards, including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Fellow of the New Zealand Geographical Society, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).