Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop

Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop
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Fairbairn-Dunlop in 2015
Alma materMacquarie University
Scientific career
FieldsPacific Studies
InstitutionsUniversity of the South Pacific, Auckland University of Technology, UNDP, UNIFEM and UNESCO

Margaret Ellen Fairbairn-Dunlop CNZM is a Samoan-New Zealand academic. She is the first person in New Zealand to hold a chair in Pacific studies.[1]


Fairbairn-Dunlop studied at Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a Master of Arts degree. She completed a PhD at Macquarie University in Australia.[2]


Fairbairn-Dunlop lived in Samoa from 1981 to 2005, where she worked for aid organisations based in the Pacific such as UNDP, UNIFEM and UNESCO.[3]

On her return to New Zealand, she was appointed the inaugural director of Va’aomanu Pasifika, the Pacific Studies department at Victoria University of Wellington.[4]

Fairbairn-Dunlop was the founding Professor of Pacific Studies at Auckland University of Technology. She is also chair of the Health Research Council Pacific team and sits on a number of Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health committees, the Social Sciences committee of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and the UNESCO Social Sciences Committee.[3]

In 2013 she was appointed president of PACIFICA, an organisation which aims to help Pacific Island women to participate in and contribute to public life in New Zealand,[5]


In the 2008 New Year Honours, Fairbairn-Dunlop was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to research on families.[4][6] In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was promoted to Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to education and the Pacific community.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop". SAMOAN BIOS. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop". 1 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop - AUT". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop | The Governor-General of New Zealand". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Professor takes up new post". Stuff. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  6. ^ "New Year honours list 2008". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2015". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  8. ^ Edmonds, Elesha (2 June 2015). "Professor honoured for services to Pacific". Central Leader. Retrieved 17 February 2018.