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2022 Metge Medal: Understanding gender relations in Pacific communities

Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem, University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau, has been awarded the Metge Medal for intellectual leadership on gendered social relations and development studies.

Yvonne Underhill Sem sq

Yvonne’s research and leadership of several major initiatives in many parts of the Pacific have deepened our understanding of the complexities of gender relations in Pacific communities, including those in Aotearoa.

She highlights the intersection of gender relations with familial, generational, sociocultural, religious, and political relations, which are regarded by Pacific Islanders as equally, if not more, important than gender.

Her wide networks of research and policy colleagues have enabled her to play a major leadership role in initiatives that operate at the interface of research and policy, integrating scholarly work with community empowerment.

Metge Medal:
For excellence and relationship-building in the social science research community

For intellectual leadership on gendered social relations which have transformed Development as accepted practice in Aotearoa and the Pacific.