Dr Katherine Ravenswood

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Associate Professor in Employment Relations

Email: katherine.ravenswood@aut.ac.nz


  • PhD in Management (AUT)
  • Bachelor of Business with First Class Honours (AUT)
  • Master of Arts with First Class Honours (Auckland)
  • Graduate Diploma of Business (AUT)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Auckland)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Global Carework Network
  • Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK)
  • The Caring Counts Coalition (Human Rights Commission of NZ)
  • The health and disability kaiāwhina workforce action plan
  • Royal Society of New Zealand


Dr Katherine Ravenswood is an associate professor in the Department of Management. She has held appointments with a number of academic and industry boards and organisations, such as the Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), the Global Carework Network, the Lifewise Board and the Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan. She has also held several research leadership positions within AUT. Katherine focuses on high quality research that has strong links with the community and industry and, as just one example, leads the New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey.  

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 over 97 publications since 2008 including articles published in 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 (see parental leave in North & South), radio interviews (e.g. 95BFM gender and work) and podcasts (AUT's 'Afraid to Ask'. Katherine is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and an experienced postgraduate research supervisor.

Teaching Areas:

Katherine is available to supervise postgraduate students in areas related to her research and teaching interests. Her broad teaching areas are:

Research Areas:

Ravenswood researches in the following areas and can supervise qualitative research in a range of topics including:
  • Work-life balance, especially in low-wage occupations and non-standard work
  • Pay equity
  • Work conditions in aged care, and in care work occupations
  • Employee voice and wellbeing
  • Women’s work experiences
  • OHS and the work environment
  • Diversity in work, eg migrant workers, young people, people with disability, the experiences of different ethnic groups
  • Parental leave
  • Sustainable work

Current Research Projects:

  • The impact of the 2017 Pay Equity Settlement on healthcare assistants and managers
  • Motivations of organisations to support and include te Reo Māori in their workplace
  • The New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey
  • The psychosocial work environment and health and safety at work in paid care work
  • Gender equity in the public sector
  • Representations of women’s work and careers in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly
  • Gender and the future of work


Select Publications (2011 onwards)

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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 & Industry, 27(4), 302-318.
  4. Ravenswood, K. & Markey, R. (2018). Gender and voice in aged care: embeddedness and institutional forces. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 29(5), pp 725-745.
  5. 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
  6. 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 & Organisation, 24 (4), 435 – 449.
  7. Ravenswood, K., & Smith, B. (2017). Aotearoa/New Zealand: Caring for women or women caring? In M. Baird, M. Ford, L. Hill & N. Piper (Eds), Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific. Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  8. Ravenswood, K. & Harris, C. (2016). Doing gender, paying low: gender, class and work-life balance in aged care. Gender, Work & Organisation, 23 (6), 614-628.
  9. 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), 544-562.
  10. Ravenswood, K., & Kennedy, A. -M. (2012). From unpaid maternity leave to paid parental leave in New Zealand: Changing approaches in legislation. Labour History, 102(1), 197-214.
  11. Ravenswood, K., & Markey, R. (2011). The role of unions in achieving a family-friendly workplace. Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(4), 486-503.