Associate Professor Sarah Cook recently joined the University of New South Wales (UNSW) as inaugural Director of its Institute for Global Development. She brings a decade of experience in research leadership roles within the United Nations, as the Director of UNICEF’s Office of Research/Innocenti Research Centre, and prior to that Director of the United Nations’ Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Her research has focused on China’s economic and social development, including issues of gender, labour markets and inequality, migration and health; on China as a rising development actor, and on social policy/ protection in development contexts, particularly in Asia. She has worked with many international and bilateral agencies, and been a member of several Boards of academic and international organisations. After obtaining her PhD from Harvard University, Sarah held an academic position at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK, and from 2000-2005 worked for the Ford Foundation in Beijing.