Prof Sir Peter David Gluckman



Professor Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ KNZM FRSNZ FRS trained as a paediatrician and biomedical scientist and holds a Distinguished University Professorship at the Liggins Institute of the University of Auckland. He also holds honorary chairs in University College London, University of Southampton and National University of Singapore (where he acts as chief science advisor to the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences). He has published over 700 scientific papers in perinatal and developmental physiology, neuroscience and endocrinology, evolutionary biology and medicine. He has authored both technical and popular science books. He chaired the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (2014-2017).

Sir Peter is chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) and president-elect of the International Science Council (ISC). From 2009-2018 he was the first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He was also Science Envoy for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and coordinated the secretariat of the Small Advanced Economies Initiative. He has written and spoken extensively on science-policy, science-diplomacy, and science-society interactions. He is currently Head of the Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society (SciPoDS), a Research Centre and think-tank hosted within the University of Auckland's Public Policy Institute.

He has received the highest scientific and civilian honours in New Zealand and numerous international scientific awards. In 2016 he received the AAAS award in Science Diplomacy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of New Zealand, a member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA) and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK).

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Gluckman, P. D., Hanson, M. A., & Low, F. M. (2019). Evolutionary and developmental mismatches are consequences of adaptive developmental plasticity in humans and have implications for later disease risk. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 374 (1770)10.1098/rstb.2018.0109
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Felicia Low
  • Gluckman, P., Beedle, A., Buklijas, T., Low, F., & Hanson, M. (2016). Principles of evolutionary medicine (2nd). England, UK: Oxford University Press. Pages: 401. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663927.001.0001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tatjana Buklijas, Felicia Low
  • Carroll, S. P., Jørgensen PS, Kinnison, M. T., Bergstrom, C. T., Denison, R. F., Gluckman, P., ... Tabashnik, B. E. (2014). Applying evolutionary biology to address global challenges. Science, 346 (6207)10.1126/science.1245993
  • Gluckman, P. (2014). The art of science advice to government. NATURE, 507 (7491), 163-165. 10.1038/507163a

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