15 Jun 2019

Pacific academic trailblazer recognised for her work

3:27 pm on 15 June 2019
Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop.

Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop. Photo: AUT

An expert in Pacific development issues has been recognised by Victoria University in Wellington as one of six Distinguished Alumni in its 2019 Awards.

Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, first gained her Bachelors degree at Victoria in 1974 and followed it up with an Honours in 1977 and a Master of Arts in 1982.

She completed her doctoral studies in Australia and has a range of expertise in Pacific issues including sustainable development, gender equality and youth equity.

Professor Fairbairn-Dunlop has held leading academic roles and supervised many graduate students, as well as providing networks to share research and establish links with experts around New Zealand, across the Pacific and in the United States.

She has made major contributions to policies affecting Pacific people by using indigenous knowledge and integrating traditional values and practices.

Professor Fairbairn-Dunlop has also worked with the United Nations Development Fund, chaired the Health Research Council's Pacific team, and worked with health and education committees.

The other Alumni recognised this week by Victoria University are Pamela Bell, Rob Campbell, Whaimutu Dewes, Dr Alexander Gerst, and Judge Carolyn Henwood.

A dinner recognising the recipients will be held in Wellington on Thursday 14 November 2019.