Yvonne Underhill-Sem is Associate Professor in Development Studies at the University of Auckland.
She has a PhD in Human Geography from Waikato University in development geography of the Pacific. She has taught at the University of Papua New Guinea and Australian National University and worked as a development expert at the Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Secretariat.
She has been teaching at the University of Auckland since 2004, specialising in gender and development and contemporary theories of development. From 2007 to 2014, she was Director of the Postgraduate Centre for Development Studies at Auckland. In 2011, she was Fulbright Scholar based at the City University of New York and in 2015 a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in The Hague.
Her broad areas of expertise are gender and development; political ecology; population geography; Pacific development. Her current research includes flowers and floriculture; maternities; marketplaces; labour mobility, and climate change.