Dr Barbara Myers

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Senior Research Lecturer

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext 5366

Email: Barbara.myers@aut.ac.nz


  • PhD in Management (Auckland University of Technology)
  • Master of Commerce (University of Auckland)
  • B.C.A. (Victoria University)
  • B.A. (Canterbury University)
  • Dip Teaching (Distinction, Christchurch Secondary Teachers College)
  • Licentiate of Trinity College


Barbara has an extensive career leading undergraduate and postgraduate courses for AUT’s Department of Management. Having been with the organisation for over 24 years she has held roles including Associate Dean Academic, Head of Department and Senior Lecturer.

Barbara’s lecturing and research philosophy centres on narrative storytelling techniques, and she has incorporated this not only into her PhD, but also into her classes, including those on the MBA course. Barbara believes there is real value in personal and organisational story telling to support wider business and commercial strategy, incorporating history and change into the way we look at a changing world of work.

Barbara’s main research interests include self-initiated expatriation, older workers, ageing, gender and diversity, and career and life development. Barbara completed her PhD in 2016 and in this thesis she explored the emergence of a new research phenomenon of older New Zealand women undertaking extended periods of travel and work overseas. Through this research Barbara identified a trend for ‘rewirement as the new retirement’, especially in relation to the lives of women and their changing view on what becoming ‘older’ means and the possibilities and opportunities for how older people might live their lives.

Barbara’s engagement roles include working as a narrative writer with hospice patients who would like to create a record of their life, ensuring their perspective, feelings and experiences are represented in a way that is true to them. Barbara has also been recently involved with other University community based projects such as Common Purpose and “Wāhine Kākano” (Young Women’s Festival). 

Teaching Areas:

Expertise in Degree and Postgraduate Teaching
  • Human resource management and development
  • International human resource management
  • Careers
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Workplace Learning
  • General management

Research Areas:

  • Careers
  • Older workers
  • Gendered experiences of work and advancement
  • Expatriation
  • Diversity
  • Meaningful work and lives
  • Qualitative and critical approaches to research

Current Research Projects:

  • Sustainable Careers
  • Self-initiated expatriation
  • Leadership Development
  • Older women, careers and work
  • Personal and professional transition and change
  • New meanings of retirement


A sample of published journal articles

  1. Harris, C., Myers, B., & Ravenswood, K. (2017). Academic careers and parenting: Identity, performance and surveillance. Studies in Higher Education, 1-11.
  2. Myers, B., & Douglas, J. (2017). Older women: Employment and wellbeing in later life. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 42(3), 7-28.
  3. Myers, B., Inkson, K., and Pringle, J. K. (2017). Self-Initiated Expatriation (SIE) by Older Women: an Exploratory Study. Journal of Global Mobility 5 (2): 158-173.
  4. Myers, B. (2016). Interpretive stories: understanding individual transition and change. Auto/Biography Yearbook, the annual journal of the British Sociological Association (BSA) study group on Auto/Biography. Nottingham: Russell Press.
  5. Myers, B (2016). Self-Initiated Expatriation (SIE) and Older Women: Motivations, Experiences and Impacts. (Doctoral thesis, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand).
  6. Harris, C., Ravenswood, K. and Myers, B. (2014). The Quest Games: A Tale of Career Advancement. Journal of Corporate Citizenship.
  7. Harris, C., Ravenswood, K. and Myers, B. (2013). Glass Slippers, Holy Grails and Ivory Towers: gender and advancement in academia. Labour & Industry, 23(3), pp. 231-244.
  8. Myers, B., Pringle, J. and Giddings, L. (2013). Reflections from EDI conferences: Consistency and changes. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 32 (4), pp. 455-463.
  9. Myers, B (2011) Self Initiated Expatriation (SIE) in older women: Exploring a different terrain. Women's Studies Journal, 251(2), pp.102-107.
  10. Myers, B. & Pringle, J. (2005). Self initiated foreign experiences as accelerated development: Influences of gender. Journal of World Business, 40, (40), pp, 421-431.
  11. Inkson, K., & Myers, B., (2003). “The Big O.E.”: Self-directed travel and career development. Career Development International, 8 (4), pp. 170-181.
  12. Myers, B. & Inkson K. (2003). ‘“The big OE”: How it works and what it can do for New Zealand’  University of Auckland Business Review, 5(1),  pp. 44-54.

A sample of conference papers and presentations.

  1. Myers, B., Doherty, N. & Thorn. K. (2017). Self-initiated expatriation and older women: Composing a Further Life. Paper presented at European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) 2017.  Sub-theme 60.  Sustainable Careers.
  2. Myers, B., and Pringle, J. (2016). Narrative Matters: Making sense of women’s later life transition, change and transformation. Paper presented at Narrative Matters Conference 2016 on ‘How Narrative Research Transforms Peoples and Communities’. Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria. Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, June 20, 2016 – June 23, 2016.
  3. Myers, B., and Pringle, J. (2016). Narrative analysis: Achieving narrative integrity through a ‘cycle of storying’. Paper presented at Gender, Work and Organization 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, 29th June-1st July, 2016, Keele University, United Kingdom.
  4. Myers, B.A. and Pringle, J. (2015). Reframing identity and self worth: the unexamined lives of older women undertaking self-initiated expatriation. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), July 2-4th, 2015, Athens.
  5. Myers, B.A. (2015). “All I’m asking for is a little respect…when I come home.” Tipping points and transition in older womens’ careers. 29th annual conference for the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, University of Auckland 3-5 February 2015.
  6. Myers, B.A. (2014). Older women moving their ‘selves’ to centre stage: Self-initiated expatriation in later working life. Gender, Work and Organization (GWO). June 24-26th, 2014, Keele.
  7. Myers, B.A. (2013). Volunteer Self-Initiated Expatriation: alternative career development pathways for older women? International conference of  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Athens, Greece. 1-3 July, 2013.
  8. Myers, B. A. (2011). Careers of Older Women: Challenging the boundaries. In European Group of Organisational Studies (EGOS). Sweden.
  9. Myers, B., & Pringle, J. (2010). Making Sense of the Silent Sojourn of Older Women?. In T. Bridgman, D. Jones, & S. Proctor Thomson (Eds.), Organization, Identity and Locality (OIL) VI: Critical Studies of Management and Organizing in Aotearoa/New Zealand.