Dr Peter Skilling

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Senior Lecturer

Email: peter.skilling@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3426-3517


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at AUT, where I have been teaching in the area of business ethics, corporate responsibility and sustainability for the last ten years. I am interested in the ways in which society responds to pressing social problems such as in-work poverty and climate change. Give this interest, most of my work focuses on the interactions between business, governments and society. From 2013-2016 I led a research project exploring New Zealanders’ attitudes towards economic inequality, and I continue to produce work on that topic. I have a broader interest in the ways in which people and groups of people (workers, for example, or local communities) are able to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

I am committed to creating exciting and rich learning experiences for students. I was involved in developing the suite of papers that comprises the Sustainable Enterprise minor, and I teach on papers that include as much collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. I am always interested in working with graduate students whose research interests have some connection to my interest and expertise in ethics, sustainability or public policy.

Research interests:

I research in the following areas and am interested in supervising students whose research topics intersect with these areas.
Business ethics
Corporate social responsibility
Economic inequalities
Public policy formation
Business, society and government
Discourse and narrative analysis

Current Research Projects:
Employment relations law and economic inequality
Precarious work and well-being (with Professor Jarrod Haar)
The responsibility for worker well-being
Participatory decision-making in environmental issues (with Dr Patrick Barrett)
The living wage and business (with Professor Helen Tregidga)

Teaching summary:

Business Ethics and social responsibility
Sustainable enterprise
Employment relations

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Skilling, P. (2019). Another swing of the pendulum: Rhetoric and argument around the Employment Relations Amendment Act (2018). New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 44(1), 59-78.

  • Skilling, P., & Tregidga, H. (2019). Accounting for the 'working poor': Analysing the living wage debate in Aotearoa New Zealand. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 32(7), 2031-2061. doi:10.1108/AAAJ-04-2016-2532

  • Skilling, P. (2019). Collective desolation, individual consolations: Contours of everyday neoliberal subjectivities. Critical Policy Studies. doi:10.1080/19460171.2019.1674171

  • Skilling, P. (2018). Why can't we get what we want? Inequality and the early discursive practice of the sixth Labour government. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 13(2), 213-225. doi:10.1080/1177083X.2018.1486328

  • Skilling, P., & Molineaux, J. (2017). New Zealand's minor parties and ER policy after 2017. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 42(2). Retrieved from https://www.nzjournal.org/past_issues.htm

  • Skilling, P. (2016). Neoliberalism, public policy and public opinion. New Zealand Sociology, 31(7). Retrieved from https://search.informit.org/documentSummary;dn=561316703378872;res=IELNZC

  • Skilling, P., & McLay, J. (2015). Getting ahead through our own efforts: Public attitudes towards the deservingness of the rich in New Zealand. Journal of Social Policy, 44(1). doi:10.1017/S0047279414000610

  • Skilling, P. (2015). The power and the politics of difference in diversity. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 10(2). doi:10.1080/17447143.2015.1050031

  • Skilling, P. (2014). Everyday emergency: Crisis, unease and strategy in contemporary political discourse. Critical Policy Studies, 8(1). doi:10.1080/19460171.2013.862504

  • Molineaux, J., & Skilling, P. (2014). The minor parties: Policies, priorities and power. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 39(1).

  • Charlton, G., & Skilling, P. (2013). Legal and policy narratives and the return of class in American tax policy. Creighton Law Review, 47(1). Retrieved from https://www.creighton.edu/groups/lawreview/

  • Skilling, P. D. (2013). Egalitarian myths in New Zealand: A review of public opinion data on inequality and redistribution. New Zealand Sociology, 28(2). Retrieved from http://www.nzsociology.nz/index.php/nzs

Book chapters

  • Skilling, P. (2009). National Identity in a Diverse Society. In R. Miller (Ed.), New Zealand Government and Politics. Auckland: Oxford University Press.

Conference contributions

  • Skilling, P., Barrett, P., & Kurian, P. (2019). Evidence, interests and the collective good: community participation in a situation of environmental dispute. In J. Moses (Ed.), New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference 2019. Christchurch. Retrieved from https://nzpsa2019.sched.com/

  • Skilling, P. (2017). Inequality and the market: The discursive construction of reality. In New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference 2017 (pp. 95). Dunedin. Retrieved from https://nzpsa.com/2017-nzpsa-conference

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