Professor Edwina Pio

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Professor of Diversity

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext: 5130



Edwina Pio is University Director of Diversity, in a position annexed to her substantive role as professor in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. She is New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity, a Fulbright alumnus and recipient of a Duke of Edinburgh fellowship. Edwina is a thought leader and knowledgeable interpreter in the area of diversity in business, communities and education and her passion for interdisciplinary scholarship encompass the intersections of work, ethnicity, religion and pedagogy. Edwina has a PhD in Buddhist Psychology, a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a double Bachelor’s degree – one in Psychology and the other in Education. She is widely published and travels extensively to Europe, North America, Asia and Australia and interacts with diverse audiences in the academic, business and social sector.

Her accolades include Visiting Professor at Boston College, USA; research fellowship at Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden; Visiting Academic at Cambridge University, UK; Fellow of the New Zealand India Research Institute, New Zealand and Co-Director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights, UK. Edwina leads the research group Immigration & Inclusion under the auspices of the New Zealand Work Research Institute. She is a member of her University’s Post Graduate Board; the Business, Economics and Law PhD/MPhil Committee; the Migration Integration Group, and the Gender and Diversity Research Group; and chairs the Spirituality Steering Committee. She has been on the Board of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), and Chair of their Education committee, and also served as a Board member of Home & Family Counselling, and Mixit, both in the civil society sector. In addition, she works closely with the Human Rights Commission and Office of Ethnic Communities. She is a registered counsellor and assists women and children experiencing domestic violence.

She has received media attention for her role as an ethnic minority educator and researcher, and has been interviewed and featured on New Zealand TV, Maori TV, BBC radio, RadioNZ, the New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Management. She has won awards at the Academy of Management and the Society for Global Business and Economic Development. In 2008 her book “Sari: Indian women at work in New Zealand” was released by Hon. John Key, the firner Prime Minister of New Zealand. In 2010 her book "Longing & Belonging" was released at Te Papa Wellington on Race Relations Day by the Office of Ethnic Communities and the Human Rights Commission. In 2014 her book “Work & Worship” was released by the Race Relations Commissioner.

Teaching Areas:

Expertise in Degree and Postgraduate Teaching

  • Human Resource Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management, Spirituality and Wisdom
  • Organisational Change Management
  • Workplace Diversity

Research Summary:

Research areas, current projects and supervision:

  • Workplace Diversity

  • Religious diversity in organizations

  • Eastern & Indigenous Wisdom at Work

  • Ethnic Minorities (including migrant women) in Work and Enterprise

  • Ethnic entrepreneurship

  • Ethnicity in Universities and staff perceptions

  • Management Education & Development (including organisational change)


Select Publications

  1. Pio, E., and Singh, S. (2016). Vulnerability and resilience: critical reflexivity in gendered violence research. Third World Quarterly, 37 (2), 227-244.
  2. Pio, E., and Graham, M. (2016). Transitioning to higher education: journeying with Indigenous Maori teen mothers. Gender and Education,
  3. Syed, J., and Pio, E. (2016). Muslim Diaspora in the West and International HRM (Editorial), The International Journal of Human Resource Management,
  4. Corner, P., and Pio, E. (2016). Supervising International Students' Theses and Dissertations. Academy of Management Learning & Education, doi: 10.5465/amle.2015.0054.
  5. Waddell, A., and Pio, E. (2015). The influence of senior leaders on organisational learning: Insights from the employees’ perspective. Management Learning, 46 (4), 461-478.
  6. Pio, E., Tipuna, K., Rasheed, A., and Parker, L. (2014). Te Wero – the challenge: Reimagining universities from an indigenous worldview, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 67 (5), 675-690.
  7. Pio, E. and Essers, C. (2014). Professional Migrant women decentering Otherness: A Transnational Perspective. British Journal of Management, 25 (2), 252-265.
  8. McCammon, M., Pio, E., Barakat, S., and Vyakarnam, S. (2014). Corporate venture capital and Cambridge. Nature Biotechnology, 32 (10) 975-978.
  9. Syed, J., and Pio, E. (2014). Sacred activism through seva and khidmat: Contextualising management and organisations in South Asia. Invited piece. Journal of Management and Organisation, 20(5), 572-586.
  10. Pio, E., Waddock, S., Mangaliso, M., McIntosh, M., Spiller, C., Takeda, H., Gladstone, J., Ho, M., and Syed, J. (2013). Pipeline to the Future? Seeking wisdom in indigenous, eastern and western traditions, (pp. 195-221). In Neale, J. (Ed.) Handbook of Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace: Emerging Research and Practice. Arkansas, USA: Tyson Centre for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace, University of Arkansas.
  11. Pio, E., & Pio, I. (2012). Seven stories (And the deaf shall hear, Every dog has its day, Whose chair is it anyway, No monkeying around, Brushing crumbs, Stripping down, Fengshui declutter). In Marques, J., Dhiman, S., and Biberman, J. (Eds.) Leadership and Organisational Behaviour through Humor: Laughter as the best teacher. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.
  12. Spiller, C., Pio, E., Erakovic, L. and Henare, M. (2011). Wise up: Creating organizational wisdom through an ethic of kaitiakitanga. Journal of Business Ethics, 104(2), 223-235.
  13. Pio, E. (2007). Gurus and Indian Epistemologies: Parables of Labour Intensive Organizations. Journal of Management Inquiry, 16 (2), 180-192. 
  14. Pio, E. (2007). Ethnic entrepreneurship among Indian women in New Zealand: A Bittersweet process. Gender, Work & Organisation, 14 (5), 409-432.
  15. Pio, E. (2005). Knotted strands: Working lives of Indian women migrants in New Zealand. Human Relations, 58 (10), 1277-1299.