Associate Professor Felicity Lamm

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Associate Professor



  • PhD, University of New South Wales
  • MPhil, University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland


Associate Professor Dr Felicity Lamm is the Inaugural Co-Director of the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research at the Auckland University Technology (AUT). She has been teaching and researching in the area of employment relations and occupational health and safety (OHS) for the past 25 years. She has written extensively on these subjects, including compiling research reports for New Zealand and overseas public and private sector organisations in areas such as regulating and complying with employment and OHS law in the small business sector and OHS issues in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, fishing and service sectors. She has also been involved in a number of governmental inquiries into OHS. As Co-Director of the Centre, she has led a number of collaborate research projects and established a support network for academics and practitioners. The team at the Centre were awarded the AUT’s Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence in Research in 2013.

Associate Professor Lamm is also co-editor of the New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations and is on a number of editorial boards, for example the Journal of Industrial Relations and Journal of Health & Safety Research and Practice. She was recently on the editorial board of the Journal of Safety Science and the Journal of Small Enterprise Research and is the past-president of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian and New Zealand Occupational Health and Safety Research Association. She has been a committee member of the International Commission on Occupational Health and Safety and the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety (UK). She has also been invited to present keynote addresses on her research at national and international conferences.

Research interests:

Employment Relations
Occupational Health and Safety
Regulatory Compliance

Current research projects:
Employment Relations & OHS practices and outcomes in culturally diverse settings
OHS of migrant and/or precarious and child labour
OHS & Productivity
OHS interventions aimed at SMEs

Teaching summary:

Employment Relations
Occupational Health Safety

Professional activities:

Featured professional activities

    Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

    • Editorial Board of the Journal of International & Comparative Labour Studies, (2011 - ongoing)
    • Editorial board, Journal of health & safety research & practice (2010 - ongoing)
    • Editorial Board of the Small Enterprise Research, (2009 - ongoing)
    • Co-Editor, New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (2004 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Peace, C., Lamm, F., Dearsly, G., & Parkes, H. (2019). The evolution of the OHS profession in New Zealand. Safety Science, 120, 254-262. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2019.07.005

  • Farr, D., Laird, I., Lamm, F., & Bensemann, J. (2019). Talking, listening and acting: Developing a conceptual framework to
    explore ‘worker voice’ in decisions affecting health and safety outcomes. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 44(1), 79-100. Retrieved from;dn=444066675842009;res=IELBUS

  • Lamm, F., & Lips-Wiersma, M. (2018). A disaster waiting to happen: Silently silencing stakeholders at the Pike River Coal Mine. Journal of Industrial Relations, 60(4), 560-583. doi:10.1177/0022185618774595

  • Lamm, F., Moore, D., Nagar, S., Rasmussen, E., & Sargeant, M. (2017). Under pressure: OHS of vulnerable workers in the construction industry. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 42(2).

  • Le Queux, S., Rasmussen, E., Lamm, F., & Ravenswood, K. (2016). Nouvelle-Zélande L’austérité du politique : «Steady as she goes ». Chronique Internationale de l'IRES, (154). Retrieved from

  • Lamare, J. R., Lamm, F., McDonnell, N., & White, H. (2015). Independent, dependent, and employee: Contractors and New Zealand’s Pike River Coal Mine disaster. Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(1). doi:10.1177/0022185614560596

  • Schweder, P., Quinlan, M., Bohle, P., Lamm, F., & Ang, A. (2015). Injury rates and psychological wellbeing in temporary work: A study of seasonal workers in the New Zealand food processing industry. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 40(2). Retrieved from

  • Lamm, F. (2014). The challenges of researching OHS of vulnerable workers in small businesses. Small Enterprise Research, 21(2). doi:10.1080/13215906.2014.11082085

  • Hayman, J. R., Lamm, F., & Anderson, D. (2013). Cultural dimensions of occupational safety and health in the NZ Fishing Industry: A study of small fishing businesses. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 11(1). doi:10.1080/14774003.2013.11667783

  • Lamm, F., McDonnell, N., & St John, S. (2012). The rhetoric versus the reality: New Zealand’s experience rating. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 38(2). Retrieved from

Book chapters

  • Pashorina-Nichols, V., Lamm, F., & Anderson, G. (2017). Reforming workplace health and safety regulation: Second time lucky?. In G. Anderson (Ed.), Transforming workplace relations in New Zealand 1976-2016. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press. Retrieved from

  • Lamm, F., Rasmussen, E., & Anderson, D. (2013). The case of the disappearing Department of Labour: Whither goes
    state protection for vulnerable workers?. In T. Fashoyin, M. Tiraboschi, M. Sargeant, & M. Ori (Eds.), Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Working (pp. 184-219). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from


  • Lamm, F., & Bahn, S. (2014). Review of the New Zealand Construction Safety Council Competency Framework. Accident Compensation Corporation and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment..

  • Legg, S., Battisti, M., Harris, L. A., Laird, I., Lamm, F., Massey, C., & Olsen, K. (2009). Technical Report on OHS in Small Businesses (12).

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