Dr Peter Skilling

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Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics and Sustainability

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext 5018

Email: peter.skilling@aut.ac.nz


  • Bachelor of Arts (1st class honours) in Political Studies
  • PhD in Political Studies (University of Auckland)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • New Zealand Political Studies Association
  • Australasian Business Ethics Network
  • European Consortium on Political Research
  • International Public Policy Association


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.

Teaching Areas:

  • Business Ethics and social responsibility
  • Sustainable enterprise
  • Employment relations

Research Areas:

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)


Selected recent refereed journal articles:

  1. Skilling, P., & Tregidga, H. (accepted for publication, July 2018). Accounting for the 'working poor': Analysing the Living Wage Debate in Aotearoa New Zealand. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.
  2. 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 pages. doi:10.1080/1177083X.2018.1486328
  3. Skilling, P., & Molineaux, J. (2017). New Zealand's minor parties and ER policy after 2017. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 42(2), 110-128. Retrieved from https://www.nzjournal.org/past_issues.htm
  4. Skilling, P. (2016). Neoliberalism, public policy and public opinion. New Zealand Sociology, 31(7), 159-182. Retrieved from https://search.informit.org/documentSummary;dn=561316703378872;res=IELNZC
  5. Skilling, P. (2015). The power and the politics of difference in diversity. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 10(2), 272-278. doi:10.1080/17447143.2015.1050031
  6. 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), 147-169. doi:10.1017/S0047279414000610
  7. Molineaux, J., & Skilling, P. (2014). The minor parties: Policies, priorities and power. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 39(1), 33-51.
  8. Skilling, P. (2014). Attitudes to inequality in 2014: Results from a 2014 Survey. New Zealand Sociology, 29(3), 38-50. Retrieved from https://search.informit.org/documentSummary;dn=898622121009415;res=IELNZC
  9. Skilling, P. (2014). Everyday emergency: Crisis, unease and strategy in contemporary political discourse. Critical Policy Studies, 8(1), 61-77. doi:10.1080/19460171.2013.862504