Individual members of the Gender and Diversity Research Group are engaged in numerous collaborations and events, both across AUT and beyond.
Listed below are the events proposed for 2019 specifically organised by group members and funded by the grant received from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. Further detail on each of these events will follow.
Tentative date: July 11 2019 (dependent on availability of guest presenters)
An interactive teaching / pedagogical focused seminar building on the 2018 theme ‘Bringing Gender (and more!) to the Classroom’. Dr Fiona Hurd will be the lead facilitator supported by other members of the organising group.
Broadly, this event aims to explore critical pedagogical approaches (experiential activities to bring authentic inclusiveness into the classroom – whether that be based on ethnicity, sexuality, differently abled), and then, a broader sharing of practice. In 2018 we had 3 examples of good practice and then an engaging, open discussion.
Tentative date: September 2019
Building on the success of past years this aims to bring emerging scholars from across AUT to showcase their research, discuss issues and network. As with past showcase events we aim to include external practitioners (eg non-profit sector). At this event we will seek to incorporate two keynote speakers – one on the broad but topical area of Gender and Technology, the other, a practitioner working in the social services arena. A panel discussion around the theme – Playing the ‘Infinite Game’: A Research Agenda for Social Impact (mix of AUT staff and guests) will conclude the day.
Tentative date: Planned for early November
Here our aim is to showcase post-graduate student research and build on the learning from staff attendance at conferences in 2019.
Date: Conference to be hosted at AUT in November, 2019
To facilitate a stream at the Academic Association of Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS). A tentative title is: The gendering of Business History. One proposal is to seek a special issue in the Management and Organization History Journal.
Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018
Symposium theme: 125 years of female suffrage - Challenges and hope in gender and diversity research and practice
In a spirit of advancement and hope, this symposium addresses issues related to gender and diversity from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives; whether theoretical, methodological, practical or pedagogical in terms of implications. The programme includes keynote presentations, a panel discussion and research presentations.
Date: Tuesday 26 September 2018
Fiona Hurd (Member of GDRG and lecturer in International Business) will lead the workshop in partnership with Suzette Dyer (senior lecturer, Waikato Management School).
This workshop is focused on highlighting practical tools and techniques for introducing Gender (and more broadly critical approaches) to the classroom. The workshop will be interactive and there will also be a collaborative discussion where participants can ask questions and discuss their ideas and challenges.
Date: 13 to 16 June 2018
Three streams have been developed by members of the Gender and Diversity Research Group from the department of Management in conjunction with other gender and diversity members from across AUT and also international colleagues.
The three streams are:
Date: Wednesday 14th February 2018
Venue: AUT City Campus -WF610
Join us for a day to celebrate 10 years of Gender & Diversity Research Group at AUT. This day celebrates our group’s success in the context of increasing challenges to critical, qualitative research and the demise of programmes such as women’s studies courses in New Zealand. We take the opportunity to pause, and think about where we have come from, what we have achieved as a community and to set a research agenda for the next 10 years.
This is a full day programme featuring cutting edge researchers and those at the cutting edge of comment in ‘industry’ and society.
See the programme here (draft)
Nimbus Staniland seminar 17 August
Nimbus Staniland (Lecturer, Business School and a past recipient of the AUT Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Award) lead a panel of past and present postgraduate research students in the Gender & Diversity Research Group.
Each student presented the key aspects of the methodology they used, some of the inherent challenges and some of the highlights of their research journey.
Panellists (in alphabetical order): Dr Karenina Sumeo, Lisa Amoa, Lucia Davis, and Dr Nimbus Staniland
The Immigration and Inclusion Research Group, the Gender and Diversity Research Group and the Management Department hosted Helene Ahl a Professor of Business Administration at the Jönköping University, Sweden.
Our time is characterised as post-feminist: women and men now have equal rights, and equal access to education and jobs. If women only work hard enough – if they lean in – there is nothing stopping them from achieving success.
Helene Ahl is Professor and Research Director of the research programme Lifelong Learning at the School of Education and Communication, which comprises about ten senior scholars and doctoral students. Ahl is most well known for her critical, feminist analysis of research on women’s entrepreneurship. Her research also includes work on motivation and adult learning, empowerment, gender in higher education and feminist analyses of government policy for women’s entrepreneurship. At present she leads the research project Embla, on feminist perspectives on entrepreneurship and growth, financed by the Swedish Research Council. Ahl has also evaluated a number of gender mainstreaming programs, and is often engaged as an expert on gender issues.
Date: November 11, 2015.
Speaker: Associate Professor Sharyn Graham Davies
Topic: Sexing Indonesia: Reflections on sexuality and gender research over the past (almost) two decades.
Speaker: Dr Panteá Farvid
Topic: Mediated intimacies and the re/fashioning of contemporary heterogender.
‘Is research (feminist) activism’?
Date: Monday 2 February 2015.
'Diversity Management: Micropractices of change, resistance and politics in a broadcasting company'. Presented by Associate Professor Marieke van den Brink, Radboud University Nijmegen
This presentation will explore how diversity gets ‘done’ (Ahmed & Swan, 2006) and which multilevel power processes play a role in doing diversity. It digs deeper into the micro-practices of power used by various change agents to instigate and resist change in their organization. It takes a practice perspective to re-conceptualise diversity as an ongoing dynamic social practice, and sheds light on the various ways in which individuals, as agents, relate to the structural restraints of multiple organisational inequalities.
Marieke van den Brink is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Management Research at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her main research interest focuses on ways (gender) inequalities are produced and countered in organisations, especially in recruitment and selection.
Women’s career progression in Auckland law firms: Views from the top, views from below
Project by: Judith Pringle, Lynne Giddings, Candice Harris,Katherine
Ravenswood,Irene Ryan, Sabina Jaeger
Women constitute two thirds of all law graduates yet they make up only 45% of practicing lawyers and 19% of partners (NZ Law Society, 2013). Various explanations are given for the disparities between female and male lawyers, but what do the lawyers say is going on? This seminar reports the results of research initiated by the Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association and carried out by the Gender & Diversity Research Group (G&DRG) through 2012-2013.
Members of the G&DRG surveyed and interviewed female and male lawyers below the line (yet to make partner) as well as women and men above the line (who were partners or managing partners). Explanatory metaphors of glass ceilings, leaking pipelines, firewalls and glass cliffs abound in discussions of why women are not in the top echelons of the profession. In this seminar we will discuss the reasons why, despite their love of the law, there is a scarcity of women partners in Auckland law firms today. We share the organisational cultures of large law firms as seen through the eyes of our participants and consider the future viability of the current structure of the law profession.
Held Tuesday 23 September.
Presented by: Dr Noeleen Doherty, Principle Research Fellow, Cranfield University School of Management
Held Wednesday 16 April.
The permeability of boundaries; organizational, institutional, national and international now appear to provide a vast landscape and context across time and space within which careers can unfold. What does this terrain mean for careers –both for the individual experience and from the organizational perspective? How can individuals and organizations navigate the temporal and spatial opportunities? Drawing on a range of research studies and publications, this seminar will explore careers research across time and space. Two perspectives are currently high profile:
1.International mobility is a possibility for many people both within and outside the auspices of an organization. For internationally mobile populations, the space in which work is conducted is expanding. What are the opportunities and threats for companies and individuals?
2.Mobility at job, occupational and organizational levels is apparently increasing. For women, structural changes over time have attempted to create career progression opportunities. What potential pay-offs of these opportunities are becoming a reality?
This seminar aims to create a time and a space to share thoughts on and discuss these important issues impacting on careers and careers research.
Noeleen’s research interests are in the area of career management, both organizational and individual aspects, with a particular focus on career transitions. The development of conceptual and theoretical frames of reference to further the understanding of careers as they unfold in a global milieu is a dominant theme of her work. She collaborates with national and international colleagues in developing a research agenda for the future, through research initiatives and conference participation. She has previously worked as an Occupational Psychologist within the Employment Services, the Royal Mail Group and the Police.
Dr Jenn de Vries
Held Wednesday 14 August
Dr Kate Sang, Heriot Watt University, EdinburghHeld Wednesday 22nd May
Gender and Equality as Innovation
Professor Ewa Gunnarsson
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Professor Gunnarsson led a participative research seminar on a gender mainstreaming project in a global Swedish technology company. The ’hands on’ gender equality project created sustained change through an innovative process. She will discuss the process of setting up the project partnership, the collaborative research and change processes, outcomes and wider implications.
Held Tuesday 22nd January 2013
Professor Fang Cooke, Professor of Human Resource Management and Chinese Studies at the Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia presented a seminar on Tuesday 27th November, on the topic ‘Gender roles and organizational HR practices: The case of women’s careers in accountancy and consultancy firms in China’.
On Wednesday 28th November, Professor Cooke facilitated a workshop on ‘Publication with Qualitative Data’. In this workshop, Fang looked at how the research methods section is expected to be written in a paper when presenting qualitative data, which is a very challenging exercise! Fang will also explore how qualitative data can be presented to tell an interesting story but also in a succinct way to give it a ‘quantitative’ feel.
Associate Professor Georgina Murray and Professor David Peetz from the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University presented a seminar on the topic ‘Gender at work and regulation distance: ‘token’ female groups in mining and elite white collar work’.
The seminar was held on Friday 27th April.
The Glamour and Grind Research Group presented preliminary findings of a Marsden funded research project in an interactive symposium: 'Glamour & Grind: Creative Careers in the Screen Industry'.
Presenters Deborah Jones (Victoria University, Wellington), Judith Pringle (AUT), Rachel Wolfgramm (University of Auckland) and Ella Henry (AUT) will report on the findings from the Marsden funded project investigating the careers of 'new creative' workers, using the New Zealand screen industry as a case study.
The symposium was held on Friday 16th March at the Faculty of Business and Law.
Research seminar: "But you don't have local experience": Exploring the career impacts for immigrant managers in Australia’. Dr Uma Jogulu, Deakin University, Australia, 25 October 2011.
Research seminar: ‘Nice work if you can get it? – Women in emerging industries in New Zealand. Dr Stefan Kesting, Gender & Diversity Research Group, 7 October, 2011.
Research seminar: Diversity management in Practice. 25 August, 2011
‘Making managing diversity visible: An Australian study of practice’. Dr Jane O’Leary, Diversity Council, Australia. ‘Diversity management in New Zealand: Workers’ perspectives and responses’ Dr. Carla Houkamau, University of Auckland.
Methodology seminar: ‘Demystifying epistemology & methodology’ - Assoc. Prof Lynne Giddings, School of Health Care Practice, Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Centre and Gender & Diversity Research Group member, 14 April, 2011.
Host: 4th international Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, 7-8 February, at AUT University, with the theme: ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Views from the Edge’. It was very successful attracting 45 high quality presentations with 90 participants from 19 different countries; 40% came from beyond New Zealand or Australia. Participants included experienced researchers, a strong contingent of doctoral students, equity and diversity policy makers and practitioners. http://www.edi-conference.org/2011/
Research symposium: Embraced by my ethnicity: Indigenous & ethnic minority staff in universities, 20 Oct, 2010. Key speakers: Dr. Edwina Pio, Dr. Antonio Andrade, Agnes Ngaera, Lorraine Parker, Ali Rasheed, Kitea Tipuna (AUT).
Conference stream -initiated and convened: ‘Illuminating Eliminating Inequality Regimes’ at 3rd international Equality Diversity and Inclusion Conference, 14-16 July, 2010, Vienna, July. Co-Conveners: Dr. Judith Pringle, Dr. Irene Ryan, Dr. Candice Harris.
Research seminar: ‘Equity and Diversity in Australian Organisations: Are women still working for the man?’ Professor Glenda Strachan, (Griffiths University) 23 March, 2010.