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Yvonne Underhill Sem photoYvonne Te Ruki Rangi o Tangaroa Underhill-Sem is a is a Cook Island, Niuean, New Zealander with close family ties to Papua New Guinea. Her research circulates around maternities, mobilities and markets and she publishes in the broad areas of gender and development, Pacific development and feminist political ecology. She is Associate Professor in Development Studies in the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland.
She was Director of Development Studies from 2007 to 2014 and Director New Zealand Institute for Pacific Development (NZIPR) from 2017.  Before she joined the University of Auckland in 2004, Yvonne taught at University of Papua New Guinea and briefly at Australian National University; she worked as a development expert at the Africa Caribbean Pacific Secretariat in Brussels; and, while living in Papua New Guinea and Samoa, was the Pacific Co-ordinator for the global feminist research network (DAWN). She is currently Co-Chair of the Research Advisory Group for the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (PWSPD) initiative funded by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; a member of the Marsden Social Science panel and is the Deputy Chair of the PBRF Pacific panel which assesses research quality for the New Zealand government.