Gender & Diversity Research Group

About the group

The Gender and Diversity Research Group was formed in 2007 with the aim of establishing a network of researchers within (and beyond) AUT University who share an interest in gender and diversity.  Our specific goals are to carry out research and disseminate scholarships in the following areas:

  • Significance of the body in the workplace
  • Gender equity in organisations
  • Analysis of heteronormativity in organisational cultures and practices
  • Workplace access issues
  • Effects of the intersections of identities including ethnicity, migration experiences, religion, gender and class in the workplace
  • Exploration and impact of men and masculinities in specific settings, such as sport
  • Mapping workforce inequality for youth and those classified as older workers
  • How diverse worldviews inform methodologies
  • New ways of thinking about careers

The Group won the 2011 AUT Vice Chancellor's Emerging Research Team Award. We are known for innovative quality research and for leading discussions on gender and diversity issues within the community, at a national and international level. We initiate socially relevant research and engage in high quality consultancy and research for organisations.

Core members include:

Dr Julie Douglas, Assoc. Prof. Candice Harris, Assoc. Prof. Romie Littrell, Barbara Myers, Professor Edwina Pio, Dr Katherine Ravenswood, Dr Irene Ryan, Assoc. Prof. Lynne Giddings (Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences), Dr Shelagh Mooney (School of Hospitality and Tourism), Dr Pani Farvid (Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences), Dr Nicola Naismith (Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies), Professor Eleanor Holroyd (Nursing). The coordinator is Professor Judith Pringle.

Postgraduate Research

Our members are available to supervise postgraduate students and we aim to encourage student research into related topics.

Scholarship recipients for 2016:

Nilam Baniya Badu

Kakala Vainikolo

Scholarships are listed here.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 9 November: 'Hard Candy: Women in trade unions Approaches to historical research'. Cathy Brigden (RMIT) will speak on her research into women trade unionists in Victoria in the early to mid-twentieth century and David Verran (Auckland Libraries) will speak about the challenges and opportunities of doing historical research on unions in New Zealand. Click here for further information including abstracts. Please RSVP using this link:

Recent Events

'Gender and diversity research: Critical perspectives'. Held on 4 May 2016, this one day seminar presented papers which discussed issues related to gender and diversity research from critical perspectives.

Four members of the group (along with international colleagues) convened a stream 'Methodologies: extending gender and organization scholarship' at the 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary conference, 29th June-1st July, 2016 at Keele University, UK.

Gender and diversity research: Critical perspectives. Held on 4 May 2016, this one day seminar presented papers which discussed issues related to gender and diversity research from critical perspectives. Speakers included Post-graduate, PhD, and early career researchers, as well as a keynote given by Emeritus Professor Glenda Strachan of Griffith University, Queensland. Topics varied from the gender make up of corporate boards, to constructions of the transsexual 'Other' in Bangladesh, to representations of (hetero)romantic love in the movie Twilight.

Recent Research Projects include:

Women’s career progression Auckland law firms: Views from the top, views for below. This research commissioned (2012-2013) by the Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association to investigate the reasons for the scarcity of women at senior levels of the large law firms. This is a three phase project including survey and interview research of those women and men who are not yet partners, women partners and managing partners/CEOs. Researchers on this project include: Judith Pringle, Lynne Giddings, Candice Harris, Sabina Jaeger, Sally Lin, Katherine Ravenswood and Irene Ryan. Read the report.

Ethnicities in Universities Study (2009- 2014).This three phase research project explores the lived-in and lived-through experiences of ‘ethnic university staff’ or those who identify with NZ ethnic groupings (census 2006) of Maori, Pasifika peoples, Asians and MELAA (Middle Eastern, Latin American, African). Researchers are from across the University: Faculty of Business and Law, Equity Policy Advisor, Equity and Diversity Planning Coordinator.

Two group members have received Marsden grants:

  • Professor Judith Pringle (co-investigator) 2008-2011 - ‘Glamour and grind: New Creative Workers’. 
  • Dr. Irene Ryan (Fast-start Award) 2011-2014 - 'Something else is happening here': The invisibility of female leadership’.

Further details of research projects.

The Group aims to:
  1. Disseminate research through publication and seminar/conference presentations;
  2. Disseminate research outcomes to the local community through various means including web page, AUT communications team, the media;
  3. Encourage and support new and emerging researchers involved in gender and diversity research by coaching and mentoring by more experienced researchers;
  4. Provide leadership for the sub-discipline locally and internationally through seminars, proposing and convening conference streams, and joint publications of research;
  5. Create a forum for the advanced examination of gender and diversity scholarship through focused workshops; 
  6. Initiate socially relevant research that matters;
  7. Tender for and consult for organisations to carry out contracted research within the area of gender and diversity in organisations.


For any queries, please contact Professor Judith Pringle.

Last updated: 26-Oct-2016 4.03pm

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