Professor Giselle Byrnes is Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic and Enterprise at Massey University where she provides strategic academic leadership to the University across the areas of teaching and learning, research and commercialization.

In her role as AVC RAE, Professor Byrnes is responsible for driving the development and implementation of strategies, policies and standards that underpin the delivery of quality research and teaching across the institution. She has executive level oversight of academic quality assurance, academic development, and Massey University’s online learning platform. In her role as AVC RAE, she provides strategic academic leadership and management to the core services for research and researcher development and leads the University’s commercialization and enterprise agenda.

Professor Byrnes is an internationally recognized New Zealand historian and has published widely on aspects of settler colonial and indigenous histories. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has served as President of the New Zealand Historical Association. She has taught at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Waikato and has held academic and senior management roles in New Zealand and Australia.