Professor Jenny Dixon

Professor Jenny Dixon

Professor Jenny Dixon is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) at the University of Auckland. She is responsible for international education and international relations, government and stakeholder engagement in New Zealand, alumni relations and development and pacific strategy and engagement.  Through her international portfolio, Professor Dixon has oversight of the Auckland Confucius Institute and is also Chair of the New Zealand Centre at Peking University Advisory Board.

Professor Dixon joined the University of Auckland in 2001 as Professor of Planning, having previously held academic positions at Massey University and the University of Waikato, following an early period as an urban planner in local government and consultancy. She was appointed Head of the School of Architecture and Planning in 2007 and later Dean of the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries in 2009. She took up her appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) in October 2012.

Professor Dixon’s research has focused on urban development and policy, environmental governance and sustainable design. Throughout her career, she has maintained strong interdisciplinary interests in research and teaching. She is a recognised leader in the urban field through her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests across the broad spectrum of disciplines that constitute the built environment.

Professor Dixon chairs a number of University and external bodies, including the University’s Creative Thinking Board, an initiative that promotes the value of creativity in education, business and the community. She represents the University on several international organisations, including Universitas 21 (U21), Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE).  Professor Dixon chairs the U21 Senior Leaders Group and is Chair of the APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership steering group.

Contact details

Jenny Dixon
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement)
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142
New Zealand.

Phone: +64 9 923 6934
Email: j.dixon@auckland.ac.nz.