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Professor; Co-Director, Centre for Health Systems and Technology, University of Otago

ROBIN GAULD was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) and Dean, Otago Business School, 2016-23. He is now a Professor jointly between the Dunedin School of Medicine and Otago Business School. Previously, he was Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the Otago Medical School, where he was based for 20 years following a PhD in public administration from the University of Hong Kong. More recently, he was awarded a Doctor of Commerce by Victoria University of Wellington for his research on health care governance.

Robin is Co-Director, Centre for Health Systems and Technology which spans the Business School and Health Sciences Division at the University of Otago. He was 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced Study, University of London; a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in 2008-09 at Boston and Harvard universities; and from 2013-2017, was founding Independent Chair of Alliance South which brings together clinical leaders and managers to focus on ‘whole of system’, integrated approaches to health system and patient care improvement in the Southern region of New Zealand.

Robin has authored around 190 peer-reviewed journal articles, 40 book chapters and several books including The New Health Policy (Open University Press, 2009) which was awarded First Prize in category at the 2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards, and Dangerous Enthusiasms: E-Government, Computer Failure and Information System Development (2006; co-authored with Shaun Goldfinch) which has been widely-used globally including in key reading lists at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His most recent book is the co-edited Health Systems in Developing Counties in Asia (Routledge, 2017).


  • –present
    Professor of Health Policy, University of Otago