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Waikato professor accepts two new international appointments

2 March 2020

Professor Anna Strutt
Professor Anna Strutt

University of Waikato Professor of Economics, Anna Strutt, joins some of the world’s best academic researchers working in the field of international trade policy after accepting two new international appointments.

Professor Strutt has been appointed a Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) research fellow for 2019- 2022 and has joined the International Steering Committee (ISC) for Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD). Both roles recognise her significant contribution to global trade research and analysis.

The role with GTAP was one of only four awards granted internationally in 2019 and will see her join a global network of researchers focused on the analysis of international economic policy. She also received the award from 2015 to 2018.

Professor Strutt started her new position with PAFTAD at the annual conference in Bangkok in July last year, taking over from Associate Professor Rob Scollay from Auckland University.

She joins 17 other senior academics and policymakers based throughout the Asia Pacific region, the group considered a driving force behind the advancement of thought on trade and development issues and major economic policy in the region.

“I’m excited to be taking on these roles and look forward to continuing to make a positive contribution to the understanding of trade and development issues, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region,” she said.

At the University of Waikato, Professor Strutt teaches across economic policy analysis, international trade and global policy modelling, business economics and the global business environment.

“I hope I’m able to add value to the external organisations through my research and experience, then bring that practical knowledge back to my teaching at the University of Waikato, which benefits our students,” Professor Strutt said.

Her main area of research is in international policy analysis and she recently led a team collating data on New Zealand’s non-tariff trade measures. The data fed into an international database being used by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and other agencies including the World Bank to model the impact of non-tariff trade measures on international trade.

“Much of the focus in international trade policy has traditionally been on tariffs, which are far easier to quantify, but with trade agreements now tending to focus on broader areas, we realised we could be missing quite important parts of the story. This international database and associated research on non-tariff measures is helping to unravel some of those,” said Professor Strutt.

During her career Professor Strutt has worked with organisations including the World Bank; the Asian Development Bank, contributed to the EU-VietNam Multilateral Trade Assistance Project (MUTRAP III); worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; the Mekong Institute, Thailand; New Zealand Department of Labour; New Zealand Institute of Economic Research; New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, among many others.

“These two new appointments recognise and consolidate much of the work I have undertaken in my career to date and I’m grateful to the University of Waikato for supporting me to continue to extend my international collaborations and research.”

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