Erling Rasmussen

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Professor of Work and Employment



  • PhD in Political Science (European University Institute, Florence)
  • Cand.Mag. (Odense University, Denmark) Cand.Mag. is a conjoint degree, consisting in this case of: Bachelor degree (History), Bachelor and Masters degree (Social Science)


Dr Rasmussen joined AUT as its Professor of Work and Employment in 2007 after a career in academia, the public and private sectors. Erling is the leader of the Employment Relations Research Group with the New Zealand Work Research Institute. From 2009–2011 and 2016-2017 Erling was Head of the Management Department and on the faculty management team. He was Acting Associate Dean (Teaching) in 2014-2015. Erling is a graduate of the University of Odense (Denmark) and the European University Institute in Florence and he has worked in a number of OECD countries. Since the late 1990s, Erling has regularly taught and researched in Denmark, including that he was awarded a Velux Foundation Visiting Professorship at University of Aalborg during 2013-14.

Prior to joining AUT, Erling worked at the University of Auckland where, besides research and teaching duties, he held several managerial posts. Erling has been a Policy Advisor at the New Zealand Department of Labour, Wellington where he was involved in policy and labour market monitoring and development of legislation.

Erling’s teaching and research interests are in the fields of New Zealand and comparative employment relations, with a special interest in the effects of public policy changes. His published works have covered a variety of employment relations topics with recent publications focusing on legislative and regulatory changes in New Zealand and internationally, new types of work and employment patterns,  employee participation, and conflict resolution and workplace relationships. Based on his previous private sector work and his involvement in employment relations legislation, Erling has undertaken several externally sponsored public policy evaluations.

In addition to being the co-author of New Zealand’s leading textbooks on employment relations, Erling is also an editor of the New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations where the encouragement of New Zealand based research is a core focus. Erling is the New Zealand director of the world’s largest survey of human resource practices, the Cranet survey, which covers over 40 countries. Erling has twice been the President of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ).

Teaching Areas:

Degree and Postgraduate Teaching

  • Comparative employment relations
  • New Zealand employment relations
  • Human resource management
  • International human resource management

Research Areas:

Erling’s teaching and research interests are in the fields of New Zealand and comparative employment relations, with a special interest in the effects of public policy changes.

Current Research Projects:

Current research activities

  • Changes under the Employment Relations Act 2000
  • Workplace relationships and conflict resolution
  • Employee participation and workplace processes & behaviours
  • New Zealand, Australian and Danish employment relations practices


Books and monographs

  1. Anderson, G., Geare, A., Rasmussen, E. & Wilson, M. (2017). Transforming Workplace Relations in New Zealand 1976-2016. Wellington, Victoria University Press.

Journal Articles

  1. Rasmussen, E., Bray, M. & Stewart, A. (2019). ‘What is Distinctive about New Zealand’s Employment Relations Act 2000?’ Labour & Industry, 29(1): 52-73.
  2. Bray, M. & Rasmussen, E. (2018). ‘Reflecting on ‘Accord and Discord.’ Labour & Industry, 28(1): 31-47.
  3. Rasmussen, E. & Fletcher, M. (2018). ‘Employment Relations reforms and New Zealand’s ‘productivity paradox.’ Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 21(1): 75-92.
  4. Foster, B. & Rasmussen, E. (2017). ‘The major parties: National’s and Labour’s employment relations policies.’ New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 42(2): 95-109.
  5. Williamson, D., Rasmussen, E. & Ravenswood, K. (2017). ‘Power in the darkness: Taking a historical and critical employment relations approach in hospitality.’ Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 33: 134-141.
  6. Rasmussen, E., Foster, B. & Farr, D. (2016). ’The battle over employer-determined flexibility: attitudes amongst New Zealand employers.’ Employee Relations, 38(6): 1-23.
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