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Dr Gerard Cotterell

Gerard Cotterell has been a member of CPAG since 2009 and chairs the CPAG Research Committee. Gerard is a sociologist with wide-ranging research interests that include: understanding the impacts of neoliberalisation in Aotearoa New Zealand, the political economy of the welfare state and welfare reform and its consequences, inequality, and comparative social policy. In his Master’s degree and his PhD Gerard examined the impact of welfare reforms in both Aotearoa New Zealand and the United Kingdom, from the beginning of the neoliberal reforms in the 1980s. His research confirms that  inequality has significantly increased in both countries, and elsewhere, as a consequence of these reforms. Living in South Auckland he sees the lived impacts of such policies on a daily basis and never ceases to be upset by their heartlessness. Gerard previously worked as a public servant and as a trade unionist, and is currently the Research Services Manager for the Faculties of Arts and Law at the University of Auckland.