Biography: Dr. Marilyn Waring

BA (Hons) in Political Science and International Politics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. PhD in Political Economy (on the UNSNA), The University of Waikato, New Zealand. Professor of Public Policy, Faculty of Culture and Society, AUT, Auckland, NZ

Research areas

  1. Political Economy
  2. Gender Analysis
  3. Human Rights
  4. Governance and Public Policy


Currently serving: World Health Organisation (WHO) Council on the Economics of Health for All

2008 - 2012: Treasurer of Board of (AWID) Association for Women’s Rights in Development

2008 - 2011: Member of Board of the Institute of Judicial Studies, New Zealand

2008 - 2010: Founding Board Member on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing

2005 - 2010: Director of Reserve Bank of New Zealand

2004 - 2005: Ministerial Review NZAID

1997 - 2005: Creative New Zealand Council

1996 - 2004: Massey University Council

1987 - 1989: QEII National Trust Board

Selected Consultancies

2012 - 2014: UNDP – GEPMI Project Asia and the Paific

2010 - 2015: Member of AusAID Gender Equality Training Panel

2010 - 2015: Member of AUSAid Gender Equality Support Services Panel

2010 - 2014: Technical Expert on Gender and Poverty for UNDP

2009: Advisor on Pacific Island Chief of Police (PICP): HIV/Human Rights Project. UNAIDS.

2008 - 2013: Gender and Governance Advisor - Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

Awards and honours

Government awards

2020: Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to women and economics

2008: Companion of the New Zealand Order or Merit - for services to women and economics in the New Years Honours List

1993: Suffrage Centenary Medal

1990: Commemorative Medal

1977: Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal

Other awards

2019: BBC 100 Women

2018: Deloitte 200 Visionary Leader Award

2017: VUW Distinguished Alumni Award.

2014: AUT Vice Chancellor’s Research Award

2014: NZIER Economist of the Year

2013: Amnesty International New Zealand’s Human Rights Defender Award

2011: Hon Doctor of Letters: Glasgow Caledonian University

2005: One of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

1995: Hiroshima Day: Special Award of NZ Foundation for Peace Studies for Peacework

Academic publications about Marilyn

Research for social impact [Blog post].
Dalziel, P. (2019, July 9).

Gendered Innovation in Economics: Marilyn Waring’s Approach to Social Science Research
Dalziel, P. and C. Saunders (2019)
Women’s Studies International Forum, Special Issue on Gendered Innovations in the Social Sciences, 72(Jan-Feb), pp. 137-143.

Counting on Marilyn Waring: New Advances in Feminist Economics (2nd ed.)
Bjørnholt, M., & McKay, A. (2014).
Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press.

Feminist Classics/Many Voices: Marilyn Waring. If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics
Rai, S., Bundlender, D., & Grapard, U. (2014)
International Feminist Journal of Politics 16 (3), 523-529.

Twenty-five years of Counting for Nothing: Waring’s critique of national accounts
Saunders, C., & Dalziel, P. (2017)
Feminist Economics 23 (2), 200-218.


Marilyn Waring