We build innovative quality research and lead discussions addressing gender and diversity issues within the community, at a national and international level. 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.
We initiate socially relevant research and engage in high quality consultancy and research for organisations. We bring together a range of interdisciplinary researchers to investigate and support research in the following areas:
Our members are available to supervise postgraduate students and we aim to encourage student research into related topics.
Our events highlight gender and diversity research at AUT and internationally.
Dr Barbara Myers, a Senior Research Lecturer in Management, at Auckland University of Technology features in the final episode of the Radio NZ podcast series, discussing women in the workplace. Barbara says that after taking time out to have children women often feel like they are behind and can’t meet promotional measures.
“If a woman can have children, she has to create a whole lot of resources and structures around herself to be able to be on a level playing ground at work,” says Myers.
Many women also opt to return to part-time work, and this creates another barrier for women in the workforce. According to Myers, it disadvantages a woman’s ability to accumulate brownie points and climb the career ladder.
September 2018: This research report focuses on the challenges that middle managers in New Zealand’s public service encounter in progressing gender equity.
Dr Barbara Myers was interviewed by Radio New Zealand, Nine to Noon programme about her research on older women in their 50s and 60s, who've opted to take a career break and travel or work overseas, and the experience they've had upon returning home.
Dr Katherine Ravenswood and Dr Julie Douglas were interviewed recently for AUT’s podcast series Afraid to Ask. The podcast takes the thorny questions submitted by listeners and poses them to AUT experts. This episode, titled ‘Why are women worth less?’, asks about the gender wage gap and why it exists.
A letter in the NZ Herald about the intersectionality of age and gender that Jacinda Adhern has experienced simultaneously when she became leader of the Labour party.
Recently Jacinda Ardern was announced as the new Labour Party leader. Immediately after this announcement, she faced multiple questions from media focusing on whether she plans to have children. Arden has hit back saying that it is completely inappropriate to ask such questions in 2017. 95bFM speaks to Katherine Ravenswood from AUT’s Gender & Diversity Research Group about how prevalent this issue is in women’s experiences of the workplace.