Dr Judith Davey 

Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University, Wellington 

Judith’s personal focus for research is the ageing of the population and its policy implications. She has researched income, transport, care and housing issues for older people, workforce ageing, equity release and intergenerational issues. She is a keen advocate for Positive Ageing, for the Dignity Champions and for everyone to enjoy “the stage of life formerly known as retirement.”

Dr. Judith Davey was Director of the New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing (NZiRA) from 2002 to 2007 and is now a Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) at Victoria University of Wellington. She is also a honorary policy advisor for Age Concern New Zealand.

Prior to joining Victoria University in 1991 she was the Deputy Director of the New Zealand Planning Council and started up in business as a consultant on social policy and social research in the 1970s.

Judith is a graduate of London University and did her PhD at Durham University. Before coming to New Zealand, she was also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge.

She has an extensive publication record, including academic papers, books and book chapters, popular articles, blog posts and commissioned reports and has provided advice to numerous policy-making bodies in the public, private and voluntary sectors.