Dr David Williamson

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8448

Email: david.williamson@aut.ac.nz

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  • Master of International Hospitality Management — AUT University
  • Bachelor of Arts — University of Auckland
  • Graduate Diploma in Business — AUT University
  • Certificate in Tertiary Teaching — AUT University.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Member of New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI)
  • Foundation member of The Work and Labour Market Institute (WaLMI)
  • Foundation member and Treasurer of the Auckland Labour History Group
  • Member of the Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand (IRAANZ) Executive Committee, 2006
  • Co-opted member of CAUTHE Executive – New Zealand representative, 2009.



Teaching Areas:

  • Employment Relations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour.

Research Areas:

  • Work, employment and labour market issues in hospitality and tourism
  • Human Resource Management issues in hospitality and tourism
  • Discourse analysis of restaurant reviews and the representations of hospitality workers.

Research Summary:

David has submitted his thesis for the Master of International Hospitality Management and has researched in the area of hospitality employment relations.  David has authored 14 conference papers from 2006 to 2009 and three journal articles.  David is a member of the Work and Labour Market Institute.

Current Research Projects:

David is working with the Work and Labour Market Institute on ground-breaking research. It is conducting a major collaborative project with colleagues from Aalborg University, Denmark, on the links between productivity, employee participation and employee wellbeing.

This project received funding of $490,000 from the Danish Work Environment Fund, with New Zealand funding $24,000 from the Industrial Relations Foundation and the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand.

David's PHD topic is A History of Employment Relations in the New Zealand Hotel Sector, 1956 to 2010.


  • Williamson, D., Tregidga, H., Harris C., & Keen, C. (2009). The working engines of distinction: Discourse for main course in restaurant reviews.  Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 16, 55–61. DOI 10.1375/jhtm.16.1.55
  • Roberts, E., Williamson, D., & Neill, L.  (2007)  Utilising Flexible Learning Packages to Enhance Teaching Excellence: A New Zealand Case Study. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, Volume 18, No 3.  
  • Williamson, D., Harris, C, & Parker, J.  (2008)  I love you goodbye: Exit interviews and turnover in the New Zealand Hotel Industry.  New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations. Vol 33, Number 2