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- PhD in Management
- Conjoint degree Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business (Hons)
- Certificate of Tertiary Teaching
Memberships and Affiliations:
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.
- Human Resource Management
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
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