Dr Nimbus Staniland

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Email: nimbus.staniland@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0756-7475

Academic appointments:

  • Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2017 - ongoing)


  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business (Honours), Auckland University of Technology
  • PhD, Auckland University of Technology
  • Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, AUT University


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.

Research interests:

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.

Nimbus is eager to supervise postgraduate students in areas related to her teaching and research. Specifically:

Indigeneity/diversity and work
Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous research methodologies
Workplace learning and development
Academic careers
Work, employment and careers

Teaching summary:

Human Resource Management
Organisational Behaviour

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Staniland, N. A., Harris, C., & Pringle, J. K. (2019). Indigenous and boundaryless careers: cultural boundaries in the careers of Māori academics. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. doi:10.1080/09585192.2019.1651377

  • Staniland, N. A., Harris, C., & Pringle, J. K. (2019). ‘Fit’ for whom? Career strategies of indigenous (Māori) academics. Higher Education. doi:10.1007/s10734-019-00425-0

  • Dell, K., Staniland, N., & Nicholson, A. (2018). Economy of Mana: Where to next?. MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 7(1). doi:10.20507/MAIJournal.2018.7.1.5

  • Haar, J., & Staniland, N. (2016). The influence of psychological resilience on the career satisfaction of Māori employees: Exploring the moderating effects of collectivism. New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management, 16(1).

Conference contributions

  • Morrison, R., Cooper Thomas, H., Staniland, N., Seigert, S., & Plester, B. (2018). Student classroom friendships: Impacts and educator responsibilities. In 32nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management Conference. Auckland: Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management. Retrieved from https://www.anzam.org/events/types/events-conference/

  • Haar, J., Staniland, N., & McGhee, P. (2018). Career satisfaction among indigenous employees: Exploring whānau and organizational factors. In Gender, Work and Organisation International Interdisciplinary Conference Event Program (pp. 181-182). Sydney.

  • Haar, J., Staniland, N., & McGhee, P. (2018). A Kaupapa Maori research methodology: Phases for conducting quantitative research. In P. Demartinia, & M. Marchiori (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th European conference on research methodology for business and management studies (ECRM 2018) (pp. 156-162). Rome. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/?ECRM2018

  • Kelly, D., & Staniland, N. (2018). Understanding research access in indigenous organizational research. In Gender, Work and Organisational International Interdisciplinary Conference event program 13-16 June 2018 (pp. 178-179). Macquarie University, Sydney.

  • Staniland, N. (2017). Āta haere: The tertiary education sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, a consideration of the policy implications for the employment and careers of Māori as academics in university business schools. In AIRAANZ 2017: Reconsidering Gender and industrial Relations. Canberra, QT. Retrieved from http://www.airaanz2017.org.au/

  • Staniland, N. A. (2015). Truth-telling from the margins: Indigenous methodologies through the lens of parrhesia. In 31st European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium. Athens.

  • Staniland, N. A. (2015). He puna hōu: Creating space for Indigenous perspectives in university business schools and the implications for the discipline of Employment Relations. In 29th AIRAANZ Conference 2015. Auckland.

  • Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., & Staniland, N. (2014). Redistributing economic and social power? Representation of working women and war in the New Zealand Women's Weekly.. In The Future of Work. Lessons from the past - Lessons for the future. Auckland: Business & Labour History Group, NZ Work Research Institute. Retrieved from http://www.aut.ac.nz/

  • Staniland, N. A. (2014). Titiro hōhonu: Exploring alternative career models for Māori as business academics. In 28th AIRAANZ Conference 2014: Work, Employment and HR: The redistribution of economic and social power?. Melbourne.

  • Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., & Staniland, N. (2014). Redistributing economic and social power? Representation of working women and war in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly. In AIRAANZ 28th Annual Conference. Melbourne. Retrieved from http://www.airaanz.org/

  • Ravenswood, K., Harris, C., & Staniland, N. (2013). Modern 'Kiwi women': Careers and family over 80 years in the New Zealand Women's Weekly. In Programme and Abstracts Handbook (pp. 140-141). Sydney. Retrieved from http://www.aomevents.com/


  • Staniland, N. A. (2017). Whakawātea Te Huarahi Whāia Te Mātauranga:
    Legitimising space for meaningful academic careers for
    Māori in Business Schools
    . (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, NZ). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10292/10493