Professor of Diversity and University Director of Diversity
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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.
Expertise in Degree and Postgraduate Teaching
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