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Professor Peggy Koopman-Boyden CNZM

Role: Professor of Social Gerontology 
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Department: National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) 


Faculty Profile

Research Expertise

  • Social Gerontology (wellbeing, theories of ageing, retirement lifestyles, service provision) 
  • Social Policy (health, education, social services, historical, comparative and older persons’ policy, strategic planning, processes and leadership in developing social policies)

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Social Gerontology
  • Social Policy

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Chair, AgeWISE Advisory Group to the Waikato District Health Board, 2008-
  • Chair, Australian Complementary and Alternative Medicine Grant Review Panel, Australian National Health Medical Research Council, 2007
  • NZ Vice-Chancellor’s rep. on NZ Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics (Quality), 2003-2005
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Waikato, 2001-2005
  • Founding President/Vice-President, NZ Association of Gerontology (Waikato), 2005; and Canterbury, 1985
  • Chair, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Complementary and Alternative Health, 2001-2004
  • Member, Waikato Institute of Technology Council, 2000-2007
  • Dean, School of Social Sciences/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Waikato, 1995-2001
  • Chief Executive, NZ Institute for Social Research & Development (Crown Research Institute), 1992-1994
  • Chair, Expert Group to establish Cervical Screening Programme, 1990-1991
  • Chair,  National Council on HIV/AIDS, 1988-1993
  • Founding Co-Director (Academic) Southern Cross Language Institute, Christchurch, 1987
  • Member/ Deputy Chair, New Zealand Planning Council, 1978-1989.


  • 75th Anniversary Medal, Massey University for distinguished service to the University, 2002
  • Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, CNZM, for services to older people, 1996
  • Honorary Life Member Age Concern (Canterbury), 1996
  • New Zealand Centennial Medal, 1990.

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