Associate Professor Katherine Ravenswood

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Associate Professor




  • PhD in Management, Auckland University of Technology
  • BBusHons(1st class), Auckland University of Technology
  • MAHons(1st class), University of Auckland
  • BA, University of Auckland
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy


Dr Katherine Ravenswood is an Associate Professor of Employment Relations in the Department of Management. She has held appointments with a number of academic and industry boards and organisations, such as the Carework Network (Masachusetts), the Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan, the Caring Counts Coalition (Human Rights Commission) and has worked on committees such as the 'Inbetween Time Settlement Parties Action Group -Workstream 2 (Ministry of Health). Katherine focuses on high quality research that has strong links with the community and industry.

Research interests:

Katherine’s research focuses on the examination of power, gender and diversity in the employment relationship. Her research expertise falls into 3 key areas:
• Care/work regimes
• Gender and employee wellbeing
• Inequality, power and voice at work

Katherine has published in highly regarded journals such as the Journal of Industrial Relations, Gender, Work & Organisation, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management and a number of technical reports. She regularly communicates her research through the media, including print media, radio interviews and podcasts.

Current Research Projects include:
• The New Zealand Care Workforce Survey
• The impact of the 2017 Pay Equity Settlement on healthcare assistants and managers
• Experiences of workplace violence in-home support
• Green HRM

Some of her publications are listed below.

Teaching summary:

Katherine supervises postgraduate qualitative research in a range of topics including:
• Work-life balance, especially in low-wage occupations and non-standard work
• Employee voice
• Employee wellbeing
• Migrant workers' experiences
• Women's work experiences
• OHS and the work environment
• Parental leave
• Green HRM & sustainable work

Katherine is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and an experienced postgraduate research supervisor. She teaches the following subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels:
• Employment Relations
• Research Design & Qualitative Research
• Gender & Diversity at Work
• Human Resource Management

Fields of research:

  • Business and Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial Relations

    Research outputs:

    Journal articles

    • Clarke, M., & Ravenswood, K. (2019). Constructing a career identity in the aged care sector: overcoming the “taint” of dirty work. Personnel Review, 48(1), 76-97. doi:10.1108/PR-08-2017-0244

    • Douglas, J., & Ravenswood, K. (2019). ‘We can’t afford pay equity’: Examining pay equity and equal pay policy in a neoliberal environment. New Zealand Sociology, 34(2), 175-200.

    • Ravenswood, K., Douglas, J., & Haar, J. (2018). Physical and verbal abuse, work demands, training and job satisfaction amongst aged-care employees in the home and community sector. Labour and Industry, 27(4), 302-318. doi:10.1080/10301763.2018.1427846

    • Pringle, J. K., 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). doi:10.1111/gwao.12180

    • Ravenswood, K., & Markey, R. (2017). Gender and voice in aged care: Embeddedness and institutional forces. International Journal of Human Resource Management. doi:10.1080/09585192.2016.1277367

    • Harris, C., Myers, B., & Ravenswood, K. (2017). Academic careers and parenting: Identity, performance and surveillance. Studies in Higher Education. doi:10.1080/03075079.2017.1396584

    • Ravenswood, K., & Harris, C. (2016). Doing gender, paying low: Gender, class and work-life balance in aged care. Gender, Work and Organization, 23(6). doi:10.1111/gwao.12149

    • Ravenswood, K., & Kaine, S. (2015). The role of government in influencing labour conditions through the procurement of services: Some political challenges. Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(4). doi:10.1177/0022185615582238

    • Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., Williamson, D., & Markey, R. (2013). Missing in action: Building a case for culturally diverse OHS committees in New Zealand hotels. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 11(1). doi:10.1080/14774003.2013.11667784

    • Kaine, S., & Ravenswood, K. (2013). Working in residential aged care: A Trans-Tasman comparison. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 38(2). Retrieved from

    • Harris, C., Ravenswood, K., & Myers, B. (2013). Glass slippers, holy grails and ivory towers: Gender and advancement in academia. Labour and Industry, 23(3). doi:10.1080/10301763.2013.839084

    • Ravenswood, K., & Kennedy, A. -M. (2012). From unpaid maternity leave to paid parental leave in New Zealand: Changing approaches in legislation. Labour History, (102). Retrieved from

    • Ravenswood, K., & Markey, R. (2011). The role of unions in achieving a family-friendly workplace. Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(4).

    • Ravenswood, K. (2011). Eisenhardt's Impact on Theory in Case Study Research. Journal of Business Research, 64(7). doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2010.08.014

    • Ravenswood, K. (2008). The role of the State in family-friendly policy: An analysis of Labour-led government policy. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 33(3).

    Book chapters

    • Kaine, S., Flanagan, F., & Ravenswood, K. (2020). Future of work (FoW) and gender. In A. Wilkinson, & M. Barry (Eds.), The Future of work and employment (pp. 119-138). Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781786438256.00016

    • Kaine, S., & Ravenswood, K. (2019). Employee voice in practice: Aged care in Australia and New Zealand. In P. Holland, J. Teicher, & J. Donaghey (Eds.), Employee voice at work (pp. 183-197). Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-2820-6

    • Ravenswood, K., & Smith, B. (2017). New Zealand: Caring for women or women caring?. In M. Baird, M. Ford, & E. Hill (Eds.), Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific (pp. 182-195). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

    • Ravenswood, K., Le Queux, S., French, E., Strachan, G., & Burgess, J. (2016). Managing Diversity in the South Pacific. In A. Klarsfeld, E. S. Ng, L. A. E. Booysen, L. C. Christiansen, & B. Kuvaas (Eds.), Research Handbook of International and Comparative Perspectives on Diversity Management (pp. 227-255). Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781784719692

    • Ryan, I., Ravenswood, K., & Pringle, J. K. (2014). Equality and diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand. In A. Klarsfeld, L. A. E. Booysen, Ng, E, I. Roper, & A. Tatli (Eds.), International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work (pp. 175-194). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9780857939319.00015


    • Haar, J., Ka'ai, T., Ravenswood, K., & Smith, T. (2019). Ki te tahatū o te rangi: Normalising te reo Māori across non-traditional Māori language domains. Auckland, New Zealand: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. Retrieved from

    • Douglas, J., & Ravenswood, K. (2019). The Value of Care: Understanding the impact of the 2017 pay equity settlement on the residential aged care, home and community care and disability support sectors.. New Zealand: AUT Work Research Institute. doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.21152.02562

    • Donnelly, N., Parker, J., Douglas, J., Ravenswood, K., & Weatherall, R. (2018). The Role of Middle Managers in Progressing Gender Equity in the Public Service. Wellington, New Zealand.

    • Ravenswood, K., & Douglas, J. (2017). The New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey 2016. New Zealand Work Research Institute. Retrieved from

    • Ravenswood, K., Douglas, J., & Teo, S. (2015). The New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey 2014. New Zealand Work Research Institute. Retrieved from

    Other outputs

    • Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., & Wrapson, W. (2017). Editorial: Gender & wellbeing at work. In New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (Iss. 3). Retrieved from

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