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Significant partnerships

30 July 2019

Eva Collins

Associate Professor Eva Collins from Waikato Management School is the new staff representative on the University of Waikato Council, the body that governs the university and sets its strategic direction.

“Effective governance depends on partnerships and I feel that is a skill set I can bring to Council,” Dr Collins says.

She is a key researcher on a $2.8 million research programme, funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, ‘People Cities and Nature: Restoring indigenous nature in urban environments,’ where her focus is on effective partnerships for impact and scalability.

“What motivates me professionally is purpose, the ability to have positive impact outside of my own work, and being part of Council is an opportunity,” she says.

Dr Collins was one of 11 nominations for the staff representative seat on Council. “The large number of nominations reflects the importance that people put on the role. I’m honoured to have been elected and I’ll do my best to represent staff views and build a stronger university community," she says.

Dr Collins is Associate Dean Research and Postgraduate at Waikato Management School (WMS) and Director of the New Zealand Institute for Business Research based in WMS. She is also a trustee on the Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation and Chair of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Committee.

With degrees in political science, Dr Collins worked as a government affairs expert for United Technologies Corporation in Washington DC for 10 years. She completed her PhD in public policy at George Washington University in Washington DC in 2002 and in the same year left the USA to join the staff at Waikato University.

She replaces biological scientist Dr Alison Campbell who’s retiring. Dr Campbell served as the staff representative on council for eight years. She’s well known outside the university for her science blog https://blog.waikato.ac.nz/bioblog/ and for her regular guest appearances on National Radio’s Afternoons with Jesse where she answers science questions.

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