Irene Ryan

Senior Lecturer in Management

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext: 7852



  • PhD – University of Auckland (Management & Employment Relations)
  • Master of Philosophy (Management & Employment Relations)
  • Bachelor of Arts (History)
  • Diploma of Teaching (Auckland Teachers College)


Irene has had a range of career transitions prior to joining academia. She joined AUT Universityin 2004 as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Recreation  moving to the Management Department, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law in 2009.

Irene’s teaching pedagogy and research interests are reflective of her life experiences. Teaching is Irene’s foremost passion. Herresearch interests exemplify the tendency of critical diversity and feminist scholars to initiate wide ranging, interdisciplinary projects in different contexts using a variety of qualitative methods..This versatility is seen in her gaining a prestigious. Marsden Fast-Start Award in 2011 to research the role of sport in male-dominated leadership cultures. I She currently leads the Gender and Diversity Research Group at AUT.

Teaching Areas:

Postgraduate: Diversity in Organisations, Qualitative Research Methods

Undergraduate: Irene has taught in a range of Management courses including Leadership for Change, Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector, Diversity in Organisations, Stress and Resilience and Organisational Behaviour.

Research Areas:

  • Gender and gendered organisations;
  • Gender and Sport;
  • Leadership;
  • Intersectionality of Age and Gender;
  • Diversity;
  • Careers in different contexts

Current Research Projects:

  • The role of sport in male-dominated leadership cultures;
  • Leadership development
  • Men and masculinities;
  • Longevity in competitive sports career



  1. Ryan, I.D. (in press).From ‘blue sky’ to real world research. International Journal of Qualitative Research Methods: An International Journal.. 
  2. Pringle, J., Harris, C., Ravenswood, K., Giddings, L., Ryan, I., & Jaegar, S. (2017). Women's career progression in law firms: Views from the top, views from below. Gender, Work and Organization, 24(4), 435-449. doi:10.1111/gwao.12180 
  3. Mooney, S., Ryan, I., & Harris, C. (2017). The intersections of gender with age and ethnicity in hotel careers: Still the same old privileges?. Gender, Work and Organization, 24(4), 360-375. doi:10.1111/gwao.12169 
  4. Mooney, S., Harris, C, & Ryan, I. (2016). Long hospitality careers – a contradiction in terms? International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 28 (11),2589-2608. 
  5. Ryan, I. & Dickson, G. (2016). The invisible norm: An exploration of the intersections ofsport, gender and leadership. Leadership, 0 (0) 1-18. 
  6. Reprinted Leadership (2018). 14 (30), 329-346, 
  7. Biejenbergh, I., Holgersson, C., & Ryan, I. (2016). Guest Editorial: Diversity, Diversity Management and Identity in Organisations. Equality Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 35 (1), 1-3. 
  8. Pringle, J., & Ryan, I. (2015). Understanding context in diversity management: a multi-level analysis. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 34 (6), pp. 470-482. 
  9. Nakhid, C., Majavu, A., Bowleg, L., Mooney, S., Ryan, I., . . . Halstead, D. (2015).Intersectionality revisited: Moving beyond the contours of race, class, gender – Noteson an Intersectionality Symposium. New Zealand Sociology, 30(4), 190-198. Retrieved from 
  10. Mooney, S., Ryan, I., & Harris, C. (2014). What you see is not always what you get: The importance of symbolic representations in intersectional research. New ZealandSociology, 29(2), 78-99. 
  11. Ryan, I.D., & Martin, S. (2013). The practice of intersectionality: the amateur elite sportdevelopment game. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal,32(7), 688-700. 
  12. Ryan, I. (2012). A career journey: an auto-ethnographic insight. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 27 (8), 541 - 558 
  13. Mooney, S., & Ryan, I. (2009). A woman’s place in hotel management: Upstairs or Downstairs? Genderin Management: An International Journal. 24 (3), 195-210. 
  14. Ryan, I. (2009) Profitable Margins: the story behind ‘our stories’. Journal of Management and Organization, 15 (5), 611-624. DOI 105172/jmo.15.6.611. 
  15. Ryan, I.D. (2006). Opportunity or Choice within Constraints? Third Sector Review, Vol.12, No. 2, 63-80.
  16. Ryan, I.D. (2006). Voices from the Margins: Older Sportswomen Speak Out. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, Fall, Vol. 15, Issue 2, 3-14.

Book Chapters:

  1. Ryan, I., and Mooney, S. (in-press). Autoethnography: Adding our stories to EDI research. In Lize A.E. Booysen., Regine Bendl.and Judith K. Pringle (Eds). Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management,Equality and Inclusion at Work(pp.228-246). Cheltenham, UK, Northhampton, MA, USA:Edward Elgar Publishing. 
  2. Ryan, I., and Pringle, J. (2018) The Gendered Law Profession: The Perceptions and Experiences of Women Partners and Men Managing Partners. In Broadbent, K., Healy, G & Strachan, G. (Eds), Gender and the Professions. International and Contemporary Perspectives (pp.55-66). New York, London: Routledge 
  3. Ryan, I., Ravenswood, K. and Pringle, J. K. (2014). Equality and Diversity in Aotearoa (New Zealand). In Klarsfeld, A., Booysen, L.A., Ng, E., Roper, I. and Tatli A. (Eds), International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work: CountryPerspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment, Volume 2, (pp.175-194). UK,USA: EdwardElgar Publishing. 
  4. Ryan, I.D. (2010). Masculinities in Practice: The Invisible Dynamics in Sports Leadership. In R. Simpson & P. Lewis (Eds.), Revealing and Concealing Gender: Issues of (in)Visibility in Organization Research. UK: Palgrave.
  5. Ryan, I. D. (2008). No Future - You are just too old! Moving Beyond Stereotypes. In C.Obel, T. Bruce & S. Thompson (Eds.), Outstanding Research about Women in Sportin New Zealand (pp. 1-20). Hamilton: WMIER, University of Waikato.

Research Reports:

  1. Pringle, J.K., Giddings, L., Harris, C., Jaeger, S., Lin, S., Ravenswood, K & Ryan, I.D. (2014). Women’s Career Progression in Auckland Law Firms: Views from the Top, Views from Below. Report to the Auckland Women’s Law Association. Gender and Diversity Research Group, AUT University. 
  2. Pringle, J.K., Ryan, I., Kesting, S., Jaeger, S & Lin, S. (2011a). Closing the Gender Inequality Gap. Do Emerging Industries hold an answer? Report to Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Gender and Diversity Research Group, AUT University, August. 
  3. Pringle, J.K., Kesting, S., Ryan. I., Jaeger, S., &Bennett, R. (2011b). Emerging industries in New Zealand: Survey of Deloitte’s Fast 50. Report to Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Gender and Diversity Research Group, AUT University, June.
  4. Pringle, J.K. Rothman, M., Ryan, I. Lin, J., Warner, A & Sisman, R. (2010) Students’ occupational choice study: Dunedin,Auckland. Report to Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Gender and Diversity Research Group, AUT University, June. ISBN 978-0-478355-11-6.