Professor Sir Peter Gluckman

sir peter gluckman

Advisor to Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion

Sir Peter Gluckman is Distinguished University Professor in the University of Auckland where he heads Koi Tū: the Centre for Informed Futures. He is president of the International Science Council (ISC). He was chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) (2014-2021).  Sir Peter originally trained as a pediatrician and biomedical scientist From 2009-2018 he was first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He was made a Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009, a member of the Order of New Zealand (2015, limited to 20 living New Zealanders,) and received the Rutherford Medal in 2001.  He holds honorary chairs at the University College London, University of Southampton, and National University of Singapore. He was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (1992-2001) and founding Director (2001-2009) of the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland. He has published over 750 scientific papers in developmental and perinatal physiology, endocrinology , neurodevelopment and in evolutionary biology as applied to medicine. He has written extensively on the science-policy and science-diplomacy interfaces and co-authored both technical and popular-science books. He leads work on the factors affecting social cohesion and how societies respond to new technologies.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (2001) and the Royal Society of New Zealand (1986), a member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA, 2004), a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK, 2006), a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (2021) and a fellow of the International Science Council (2022). Amongst international awards he was awarded Singapore’s highest scientific honour, the Presidential Science and Technology medal in 2021 and the American Association for Advancement of Sciences Science Diplomacy award in 2016.