Judith Pringle

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Professor of Organisation Studies Co-ordinator, Gender and Diversity Research Group Adjunct Professor, Centre for Work and Well Being, Griffith University

Phone: +64 9 9219999 – ext : 5420

Email: judith.pringle@aut.ac.nz


  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology (University of Otago)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) First Class


Dr. Judith Pringle is a Professor of Organisation Studies in the Management department in the AUT Faculty of  Business & Law. Her specialist research interests lie in the areas of women, gender, diversity and careers. She currently teaches ‘Research Methods’ at postgraduate level. She was a co-investigator on the Marsden funded grant ‘Glamour and grind: New Creative Workers’, co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Workplace Diversity (2006) and The New Careers: Individual Action and Economic Change (1999). She published chapters in edited books and wide ranging articles in journals such as Gender Work and Organization, British Journal of Management, International Journal of HRM, Journal of World Business, Personnel Review, Organization, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Women and Management Review, Women Studies Journal (NZ) and consistently contributes to international conferences. She received the AUT Faculty and Vice-Chancellor’s awards for ‘excellence in research supervision’ in 2013.

Judith is a Pakeha New Zealander who grew up on a sheep farm in the South Island. Her academic study began in psychology culminating in a doctorate in social psychology. Study was interrupted by OE (overseas experience) where she had 19 different jobs in a variety of countries.  Before her academic career she was a self-employed consultant with large and small public and private sectors organisations.

Over the past 25 years Judith has researched issues relating to the experiences of women in organisations. This has been an evolutionary research pathway exploring strategies used by women in male-dominated organisations,  experiences of senior women managers and leaders, the functioning and cultures of Pakeha, Maori and Pacific Island women-run organisations (non-profit and business). A related research strand is how individuals change and adapt their careers to shifting job opportunities. With colleagues she has critiqued traditional career theory to create more inclusive models. While earlier she used methodologies within a positivist paradigm, latterly Judith has been greatly influenced by the emergence of critical approaches. Now she researches and supervises graduate students, working primarily in an interpretive paradigm.

Judith is coordinator of the Gender and Diversity Research Group, an AUT wide network of researchers awarded 2011 AUT Vice Chancellors Research award ‘best emerging research group’: https://www.aut.ac.nz/gender-and-diversity-research-group

Teaching Areas:

Degree and Postgraduate Teaching
  • Gendered organisational analysis
  • Workplace Diversity
  • Research methods
Recent Doctoral completions

2014     Pita Pura ‘Diversity and Inclusion in a Multinational Corporation:
            Senior Managers’ perceptions across three Asian  regions’
2013     Julie Douglas ‘Gender and the Social Construction of Occupations:
            The Case of Clinical Coders’
2010     Lynette Reid ‘Cultural Influences on Maori Career Processes’
2010     Frances Laneyrie  ‘Between Class and Gender: Female activists
            in the Illawarra 1975-1980’
2007     Rachel Wolfgramm ‘Complexity, continuity, and vitality in
             Organisational Culture: An indigenous perspective’
2005     Jane Van Der Pyl ‘Creating Unity: Dilemmas of Difference in Feminist
            Collective Organising’
2005     Susan Copas ‘Connecting Selves: Relationship, Identity
            and Reflexivity on the ‘Frontline’ in a New Zealand Call Centre’
2005     Irene Ryan ‘‘Their Stories, Our Stories, My Stories’: The
            Intersectionality of Age and Gender through the Voices
            of Mid-Life Sportswomen’

Current Research Projects:

  • Intersectionality in benchmarking inequality
  • Career progression for women in law
  • Women’s construction of managerial identity: gender, ethnicity, sexuality
  • Gendered inequalities in the creative industries
  • Critical approaches to workplace diversity
  • Heteronormativity in workplaces



  1. Jones, D. & Pringle, J.K. (in press) Unmanageable Inequalities: Sexism in the Film Industry. Sociological Review.
  2. Pringle, J.K. & Strachan, G. (in press). Duelling Dualisms: A History of Diversity Management, in R, Bendl, I. Bleijenberg, E. Hentonnen and A. Mills (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Diversity in Organizations, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Organization award (2014), Significant paper from last 20 years. Henry, E. & Pringle, J.K. (1996) Making voices, being heard in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Organization, 3 (4): 534-540.
  4. Ricketts, K. & Pringle, J. K. (2014) Going up? Perceived career progress of female general staff across New Zealand universities. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36(5) 496-508.
  5. Pringle, J.K. Giddings, L. Harris, C., Jaeger, S., Lin, S., Ravenswood, K., & Ryan, I. (2014). Women’s career progression in Auckland law firms: Views from the top, views from the bottom. Report for Auckland Women’s Lawyers’ Association. Gender & Diversity Research Group.  
  6. Giddings, L. & Pringle, J.K. (2011) Heteronormativity at Work: Stories from two lesbian academics. Women’s Studies Journal, 24(2): 92-101.
  7. Pringle, J.K.  Wolfgramm, R. & Henry, E. (2010). Extending cross-ethnic research partnerships: Researching with respect. Chapter 9 in Making Inclusion Work: Experiences from Academics Across the World S. Katila, S. Meriläinen & J. Tienari (Eds). (pp.214-243). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publications.
  8. Pringle, J.K. (2009). Positioning Workplace Diversity: Critical Aspects for Theory. In Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work. M. Ozbilgin (ed.). (pp. 75-87). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publications Ltd,
  9. Pringle, J.K. (2008). Gender in Management: Theorizing Gender as Heterogender. British Journal of Management, 19, 110-119.
  10. Pringle, J.K. and Mallon M. (2003). Challenges to the boundaryless career odyssey, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 15, (4), 839-853.