14 Aug 2018

Samoan academic appointed to leading role at UNESCO

12:59 pm on 14 August 2018

A renowned Samoan academic has been appointed to a leading role at the United Nations culture agency, UNESCO.

AUT's Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop

Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop Photo: AUT

Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, who is currently with Auckland's AUT university, is well known for her research and training in development and family issues across the region.

She has been appointed New Zealand's next Commissioner for Social Sciences with Unesco's National Commission.

"In my eldership, you have time to do or devote more attention to things where you can indulge in what you want to do and so yes as a commissioner of social science with UNESCO will be another little avenue."

Prior to AUT, Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop was the inaugural director of Va'aomanu Pasifika at Victoria University in Wellington.

She's also been the president of PACIFICA, a network for Pacific women in New Zealand, served on numerous committees and received a number of awards and recognition for her work.