Dr Nimbus Staniland

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Management Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 6594

Email: nimbus.staniland@aut.ac.nz


  • PhD in Management
  • Conjoint degree Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business (Hons)
  • Certificate of Tertiary Teaching

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Nimbus (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe) joined the management department as a Lecturer in 2017, teaching in management, HR and Diversity.

Nimbus was a recipient of an AUT Vice-Chancellors Scholarship in 2013. Her doctoral research involved a national study of the business school in the New Zealand tertiary sector, interviewing Māori academics, Māori commentators and key decision makers to examine the career experiences and aspirations for Māori in the academy. Her research findings point to some discrepancies between the aims and intentions of the business school to enhance Māori representation and current academic structures and support systems that serve to limit Māori academic contributions and career progression. She firmly believes that New Zealand business schools have an opportunity to embrace a range of approaches to business, and to value and promote Indigenous Māori models as a feature that strengthens and distinguishes Aotearoa New Zealand from the rest of the world.

Nimbus was awarded Top Graduate Student in the BBus (Hons) for 2013. Her honours research explored the workplace learning of Graduate Teaching Assistants’ (GTA) and the impacts on their academic career impressions. Her research resulted in a number of practical recommendations to support learning and development opportunities that would have positive impacts on GTAs’ academic career interests and intentions, and she has been consulted for supporting GTA development at AUT.

Nimbus began her academic journey when her daughter was six months’ old, completing a conjoint degree BA/Bus and has continued into academia under the watchful gaze of her now almost pre-teen daughter! Prior to her transition to an academic career, Nimbus has worked in both retail and logistics and insurance industries in New Zealand and Australia.

Teaching Areas:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Diversity
  • Management

Research Areas:

Nimbus is available to supervise postgraduate students in areas related to her teaching and research. Her research interests include:
  • Indigeneity/diversity and work
  • Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous research methodologies
  • Workplace learning and development
  • Academic careers
  • Work, employment and careers

Research Summary:

Nimbus’ brings a critical lens to the study of careers, work and organisations more generally, crossing disciplinary boundaries through drawing on work from sociology, psychology, education and Indigenous studies. She is passionate about Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous approaches to research and utilizing frameworks, concepts and language that reflects, and is consistent with Indigenous worldviews. Nimbus’ critical stance stems from her consciousness of the power of research and claims to knowledge and the consequent responsibilities of researchers to recognize the potential difficulties and dangers and understand the landscapes in which their research takes place.

Nimbus’ research has developed in the field of careers, work and employment, with a focus on gender, diversity and indigeneity.

Current Research Projects:

  • Legitimising space for Māori academic careers in business
  • Considering Māori perspectives on business and the economy
  • Representations of women’s work and careers in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly


  1. Dell, K., Staniland, N., & Nicholson, A. (2018). Economy of Mana: Where to next? MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.20507/MAIJournal.2018.7.1.5
  2. Staniland, N.A. (2017). Whakawātea te huarahi whāia te mātauranga: Legitimising space for meaningful academic careers for Māori in business schools (unpublished PhD Thesis). Auckland University of Technology, Auckland. http://hdl.handle.net/10292/10493
  3. Haar, J.M., & Staniland, N.A (2016). The Influence of Psychological Resilience on the Career Satisfaction of Māori Employees: Exploring the Moderating Effects of Collectivism. New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, 16(1), 58-72
  4. Staniland, N.A. (2015, July). Truth-telling from the margins: Indigenous methodologies through the lens of parrhesia. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the European Group for Organizational Studies, Athens, Greece.
  5. Invited Panel Speaker. (2015, February). Indigenous cultural trends and movements in New Zealand academic research. Panel at the 29th annual conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand.
  6. Staniland, N.A. (2015, February). He puna hou: Creating space for indigenous perspectives in university business schools and the implications for the discipline of Employment Relations. Paper presented at the 29th annual conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand.
  7. Staniland N.A. (2014, February). Titiro hōhonu: Exploring alternative career models for Māori as business academics. Paper presented at the 28th annual conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, Australia.
  8. Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., & Staniland, N. (2014, June). Women's work in times of war: the role of discourse in women's magazines. Paper presented at the 8th Biennial Conference of Gender, Work & Organization, Keele, England.


  • 2017 Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 2015 Best Student Paper, Paradigms and Methods of Diversity Scholarship - European Group for Organizational Studies conference (EGOS)
  • 2015 Māori Education Trust Discretionary Award
  • 2015 Ministry of Education Study Award: Māori Education Research
  • 2013 AUT Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2013 Top Graduate Student in BBus (Hons)