Dr Oksana Opara

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5891

Email: oksana.opara@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Level 14, AUT Tower

Corner Rutland and Wakefield Streets

Auckland Central



Postal Address:

School of Social Sciences and Public Policy

AUT University

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1142


BEcon (Hons) in Political Economy, Lomonosov Moscow State University

PhD in Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Memberships and Affiliations:

Population Association of New Zealand

Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand

Teaching Areas:

New Zealand Economy: Issues and Policies

Globalisation, Innovation and Change

Social Research Design and Analysis

Advanced Social Theory

Economics and Society

Postgraduate research supervision

Research Areas:

Comparative migration studies

International migration and migration policy

Contemporary theories of international migration

Post-communist migration to New Zealand and Australia

Working Holiday Scheme young adults’ mobility

Research Summary:

Oksana’s background in economics and population studies informs her current research in the field of what might be broadly termed comparative migration studies. She is in particular interested in studying how post-communist migration flows to Australasia relate to and reflect current global trends in migration, such as the tendency for developed countries to fill labour shortages by attracting temporary labour migrants, and the impact of the increasing reliance on temporary migrant labour force and what it might mean for sustainability of New Zealand economy in the near future. She recently published on the trends and issues surrounding temporary labour migration to New Zealand via the Working Holiday Scheme, and she has also analysed post-communist migration from Russia and Central and Eastern Europe to New Zealand since the 1990s. Oksana is interested in supervising postgraduate student research in the areas of comparative migration studies, migration policies and international migration in general.

Current Research Projects:

Post-communist migration from Central and Eastern European countries to New Zealand and Australia and investigation of the migration pathways, integration patterns and settlement experiences of these migrant communities

Working Holiday Scheme: young adults’ mobility in New Zealand and Australia

Sustainability and international migration