Professor Edwina Pio

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Professor of Diversity and University Director 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)


  1. Pio, E. and Syed, J. (2017). To include or not to include? A poetics perspective on the Muslim workforce in the West. Human Relations, 1-24 early online editionDOI:10.1177/0018726717733529
  2. Pio, E. and Singh, S. (2017). Untangling paradoxes in wellbeing work with women victims of violence: A developing world perspective. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (Special Issue: Gender and Wellbeing at work). Retrieved from
  3. Corner, P. and Pio, E. (2017). Supervising International Students' Theses and Dissertations. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 16 (1), 23-38
  4. Nicholson, A., Spiller, C. and  Pio, E. (2017). Ambicultural Governance: Harmonizing Indigenous and Western Approaches. Journal of Management Inquiry, 1-17. DOI:
  5. Pio, E., Kilpatrick, R. and LeFevre, M. (2017) Navratna – the nine gems: Illuminating enablers, barriers and vignettes of South Asian women leaders. South Asian Journal of Business Studies, 6 (3), 1-17. DOI:
  6. Syed, J., Pio, E., Kamran, T. and Zaidi, A. (Eds.) (2016). Faith based violence and Deobandi militancy in Pakistan. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
  7. Pio, E. and Graham, M. (2016). Transitioning to higher education: journeying with Indigenous Maori teen mothers. Gender and Education, 1-20
  8. Pio, E. and Singh, S. (2016). Vulnerability and resilience: critical reflexivity in gendered violence research. Third World Quarterly, 37 (2), 227-244
  9. Syed, J. and Pio, E. (2016). Muslim Diaspora in the West and International HRM (Editorial), The International Journal of Human Resource Management, DOI:
  10. Waddock, S., McInstosh, M., Neal, J., Pio, E. and Spiller, C. (2016). Intellectual shamans, wayfinders, edgewalkers and systems thinkers: Building a future where all can thrive. (Guest Editorial) Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Issue 62, 5-10
  11. Waddock, S., McInstosh, M., Neal, J., Pio, E. and Spiller, C. (2016). Intellectual shamans, wayfinders and edgewalkers: Working for system change. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Issue 62, 35-58
  12. McCammon, M., Pio, E., Barakat, S. and Vyakarnam, S. (2014). Corporate venture capital and Cambridge. Nature Biotechnology, 32 (10) 975-978
  13. Pio, E., Tipuna, K., Rasheed, A. and Parker, L. (2013). Te Wero – the challenge: Reimagining universities from an indigenous worldview, Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 67 (5), 675-690
  14. Pio, E. and Essers, C. (2013). Professional Migrant women decentering Otherness: A Transnational Perspective. British Journal of Management, 25 (2), 252-265