Ngaire Woods was educated at Auckland University (BA in economics, LLB Hons in law). She studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholarship completing an M.Phil in International Relations (with Distinction) and D.Phil. She won a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford (1990-1992) and subsequently taught at Harvard University (Government Department) before taking up her Fellowship at University College, Oxford.
She teaches International Relations (with a particular focus on international economic institutions) to undergraduates and graduates at Oxford and is founder and director of a research programme investigating how global institutions could better respond to the needs of developing countries.
Ngaire also serves as a member of the DCP3 Advisory Committee to the Editors.