Professor Robin Gauld, healthcare systems expert, to take up NZ-UK Link Foundation visiting professorship

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Professor Robin GauldRobin Gauld, Professor of Health Policy and director of the Centre for Health Systems at the University of Otago, has been named the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor. He will be based at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, from September to December, and will give his inaugural lecture in October.

When accepting the appointment, Professor Gauld, who was educated at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Hong Kong, said he was ‘deeply honoured and delighted to have been awarded the Visiting Professorship’.

He is a highly respected authority on health systems and an award-winning author, with research interests that include comparative health policy, clinical governance and health information technology. Currently also a Senior Fellow at the Boston University Health Policy Institute, Professor Gauld has lectured and held research posts at universities in Hong Kong, Texas and Harvard.

During his tenure with SAS, Professor Gauld’s series of four lectures will analyse the movement of healthcare professionals between New Zealand and the UK – examining the roles migrant professionals play in defining and shaping healthcare in their adopted countries.

‘My aim is to examine the flow of healthcare professionals between the UK and New Zealand, especially what drives this flow and the impact on one another’s healthcare system,’ said Professor Gauld.

‘I plan to delve into important questions around how migrant professionals shape healthcare in their new land, such as what influences and improvements those from the NHS have brought to New Zealand and vice versa, and are there methods for enhancing the flow of knowledge migrant professionals offer. I look forward to the opportunity the Visiting Professorship provides to pursue these issues, and to contributing to the mission of the Foundation and to the academic community in London later this year when I take up the Professorship.’

Sir Graeme Davies, Chairman of the NZ-UK Link Foundation said: ‘Professor Gauld comes to the UK at a very important time as the NHS is under close scrutiny in a number of quarters. I have no doubt that he will add significantly to the debate as it is taken forward in the time ahead.’

'The NZ-UK Link Foundation visiting professorship has already established itself as a valuable means by which scholars and policymakers in the UK can benefit from the comparative perspective of distinguished counterparts from New Zealand,’ said Professor Philip Murphy, director of the School’s  Institute of Commonwealth Studies. ‘Professor Gauld's lectures will extend this perspective to the key area of health policy. SAS provides a forum in which scholars from across the world can meet and exchange ideas, and we are delighted that Professor Gauld will be able to contribute to that dialogue.'

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Notes for editors:

1. For further information please contact Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at dee.burn@sas.ac.uk / 020 7862 8670 / 07808 102 735. Images available on request.

2. The Visiting Professors are chosen by a selection panel comprising NZ-UK Link Foundation Trustees and Professors at the University of London.

3. The NZ-UK Link Foundation is a registered charity whose primary objective is to make ‘an ongoing substantial contribution to the intellectual, educational, vocational and academic underpinning of the bilateral relationship in a changing world’. www.nzuklinkfoundation.org

4. The School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities. The School brings together 10 prestigious research institutes to offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Historical Research, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, and the Warburg Institute. The School also hosts a cross-disciplinary centre, the Human Rights Consortium, dedicated to the facilitation, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work on human rights.

5. Each year the School welcomes around 170 visiting research fellows who benefit from its unique research resources and multidisciplinary scholarly community. In addition to visiting fellowship programmes, the School offers professorial, honorary and senior research fellowships. Through the hosting of these fellowships, the School fulfils its overall aims of enriching the research infrastructure of its national and international subject communities and other stakeholders. www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/fellowships/visiting-fellowships

6. Professor Robin Gauld has a PhD in public administration, and a master's degree with distinction and first class honours. He is also currently Director of the Centre for Health Systems, which spans the School of Business and the Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago, and a Senior Fellow at the Boston University Health Policy Institute. He has previously lectured and held research posts at the University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong, and taught at Harvard and the University of Texas. He has written articles and books on health policy and reforms, including The New Health Policy, which won first prize in the Health and Social Care category at the 2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards.