Research

Research Focus

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.

Recent Research Projects

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 recently 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’.

Professor Edwina Pio's report on minority faiths in workplace finds employees face discrimination because of their beliefs.  The research for a book entitled Work and Worship Professor Pio investigated the impact of minority religions in the New Zealand workplace. Read more here.

2014

Ryan, I., Ravenswood, K., & Pringle, J. (2014). Equality and diversity in Aotearoa (New Zealand). In A. Klarsfeld, Booysen, L.A, Ng, E, Roper, I, & Tatli, A. (Eds.), International Handbook on Equality and Diversity Management at Work: Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment (2nd ed., pp. 175-194). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9780857939319.

Harris, C., Ravenswood, K., & Myers, B. (2014). The Quest Games: A Tale of Career Advancement. The Journal of Corporate Citizenship, (54), 61-74.

Harris, C., Myers, B. A., & Ravenswood, K. (2014, December). Academic careers and parenting: Intersections, absences and new directions. Paper presented at the 28th annual conference of the  Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Sydney.

Parker, J., Douglas, J. F., Ravenswood, K., Sayers, J., & Cooper, R. (2014). Women, work and collectivism: revisited [Editorial]. Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 24(4), 249-257.

Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., & Staniland, N. (2014, February). Redistributing economic and social power? Representation of working women and war in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly. Paper presented at the 28th annual conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand: Work, employment & HR: The redistribution of economic and social power? Melbourne.

Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., & Staniland, N. (2014, June). Women's work in times of war: the role of discourse in women's magazines. Paper presented at the 8th Biennial Conference of Gender, Work & Organization. Keele, England.

Ravenswood, K., & Teo, S. (2014, June). Women, voice and change in the precariat. Paper presented at the 8th Biennial Conference of Gender, Work & Organization. Keele, England.

2013

Harris, C., Ravenswood, K., & Myers, B. (2013). Glass slippers, Holy Grails and Ivory Towers: gender and advancement in academia. Labour & Industry, 23(3), 231-244.

Harris, C., Ravenswood, K., & Myers, M. (2013, 6 - 8 February). Glass slippers, holy grails and ivory towers: Gender and advancement in academia. presented at the meeting of the 27th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ). Work, employment and employment relations in an uneven patchwork world. Fremantle, Australia.

Jaegar, S. (2013, 1 – 3 July). Driving Taxis or Driving Internationalization: Exploring Immigrants’ Potential. Paper presented at the 6th International conference of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Athens, Greece.

Littrell, R.F & Bertsch, A. (2013). Traditional and contemporary status of women in the patriarchal belt. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 32(3), 310-324.

Littrell, R.F & Bertsch, A.. (2013) UN Millennium Development Goals and gender equality in employment in the Middle East, Foresight, 15(4): 249 – 263.

Myers, B. (2013, 1 – 3 July). Volunteer Self-Initiated Expatriation: alternative career development pathways for older women?. Paper presented at the 6th International conference of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Athens, Greece.

Pio, E., Rasheed, A., Naera, A., Tipuna, K., and Parker, L. (2013). A place to hang my hat on: University staff perceptions in multi-ethnic New Zealand. In K. Bhopal and U. Maylor (Eds.). Educational Inequalities: Difference in Schools and Higher Education. New York: Routledge.

Pringle, J.K., Jones, D. & Reid, L. (2013, 4 – 6 July). Careers constructed on location: A Bourdieusian critique. Paper presented at the 29th European Group for Organization Studies Colloquium - Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews, Montreal, Canada.

Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., Williamson, D., & Markey, R. (2013). Missing in action: building a case for culturally diverse OHS committees in New Zealand hotels. Journal of Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 11(1), 45-60.

Ravenswood K, Harris C, & Staniland, N. (2013, 17 – 19 July). Modern 'Kiwi women': Careers and family over 80 years in the New Zealand Women's Weekly. Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference of Community, Work and Family. Changes and Challenges in a Globalising World, Sydney, Australia.

Ryan I, Ravenswood K, Pringle J. (2013, 4 – 6 July). Bringing diversity into diversity management: Considering not-for-profit organisations. Paper presented at the 29th European Group for Organization Studies Colloquium - Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews, Montreal, Canada.

2012

Mooney, S. & Ryan, I. (27 Jun 2012 - 29 Jun 2012). Not our class darling: examining the practices of privilege in large hotels. 7th Biennial International Interdiciplinary Conference, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. Proceedings Editors: Gomez C, Rocha-lawton N, Rodriguez J. Gender, Work and Organisation.

Pringle, J., Ravenswood, K., & Ryan, I. (2012, 26 October). Consistency and change: Policy and (in)action in employment equity. Presented at “Winds of change? Shifting policies and actions on gender equality: Recent research, Symposium held by the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Ryan, I., Ravenswood, K., & Pringle, J. (2012, 23 - 25 July). Equality and Diversity in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Paper presented at the 5th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference, Toulouse, France.

2011

Giddings, L. S., & Pringle, J.K. (2011). Heteronormativity at Work: Stories from two lesbian academics. Women’s Studies Journal.

Pringle, J.K., & Giddings, L. S. (2011). Heteronormativity: Always at work. Paper presented at Stream 2, ‘Gender and Diversity at Work in CMS’, Critical Management Studies Conference, July, Naples.

Pringle, J.K., Ryan. I., Kesting, S., Jaeger, S., &  Lin, S. (2011a). Closing the gender inequality gap: Do emerging industries hold the answer? Report to Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Gender and Diversity Research Group, AUT University, August -36 pages.

Pringle, J.K., Kesting, S., Ryan. I., Jaeger, S., &  Bennett, R. (2011b). Emerging industries in New Zealand: Survey of Deloitte’s Fast 50. Report to Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Gender and Diversity Research Group, AUT University, June-23 pages.

2010

Kesting, S., Lin, J. & Pringle, J.K. (2010) Identifying Emerging Industries. Report to Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Gender and Diversity Research Group, AUT University, June. ISBN 978-0-478355-09-3 - 33 pages.

Mooney, S., & Ryan, I. (2010, 8-11 February 2010). The Boundaryless Career-Hotels had it first. In proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference: Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE), Hobart, Australia: University of Tasmania.

Myers, B., & Pringle, J.K. (2010). Self Initiated Expatriation (SIE) in older women: Exploring the terrain. Paper presented at ‘Self-initiated Expatriation and Career Development: Diversity Across Cultures and Genders’ Symposium, (U.S.) Academy of Management, 9-10 August, Montreal.

Pringle, J.K., Rothman, M., Ryan, I., Lin, J., Warner, A., & Sisman, R. (2010). Students’ occupational choice study: Dunedin,  Auckland. Report to Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Gender and Diversity Research Group, AUT University, June. ISBN 978-0-478355-11-6.

Ryan, I., & Mooney, S. (2010, 14-16 July 2010). Upstairs (not downstairs) to privilege and inclusion. In proceedings of the 3rd Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2010, Vienna, Austria.

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