Dr Shelagh Mooney

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Associate Professor

Email: shelagh.mooney@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0008-8204

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Academic appointments:

  • Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology (2019 - ongoing)
  • Hospitality Postgraduate Program Leader, Auckland University of Technology (2018 - ongoing)
  • Senior Lecturer, AUT University, Auckland (2009 - 2019)
  • Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2007 - 2019)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, AUT University, Auckland
  • Master of International Hospitality Mgt (First Class),, AUT University
  • BSc Degree in Management Science (Hons),, University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • Higher Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Adult Teaching and Learning, AUT University

Overview:

Shelagh is Associate Professor and Hospitality Postgraduate Program Leader at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand, where she teaches in the areas of organisational behaviour and human resources management. Her intersectional research explores how organisational processes privilege or penalise individuals, on the basis of socially ascribed categories of difference, such as gender, ethnicity, age or class. Prior to entering the academic environment, Shelagh held senior executive roles in diverse hospitality organisations across Europe and has represented academic perspectives on gender in hospitality industry panel discussions. Her research interests are: career privilege/penalty, critical management studies, intersectional research methods, memory-work, employee engagement and commitment.

Research interests:

Gender and work
Intersectional research methods
Critical research approaches, including memory-work
Gendered organisations
Ethnicity and age in employment
Career privilege and penalty
The hospitality career construct
The interface between vocational education and employability in hospitality.

Research collaborations
Longitudinal joint research project with Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom (and three further international universities) on hospitality students’ career motivations.
Quantitative and qualitative study assessing the impact of leadership programs in New Zealand.

Teaching summary:

Postgraduate: Human Behaviour in Hospitality Organisations, Faculty Excellence in Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award (Postgraduate) 2015

Undergraduate: Human Resources Management, Organisational Behaviour, Faculty Excellence in Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award (Undergraduate) 2016.

Fields of research:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Tourism
  • Tourism Management
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality

Professional activities:

Featured professional activities

  • Guest editor of sLocating the workforce at the heart of sustainable tourism, Journal of Sustainable Tourism (2019 - 2020)

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • Masters thesis examination, AUT Postgraduate Office (2020)
  • Locating the workforce at the heart of sustainable tourism discourse, Journal of Sustainable Tourism (2019 - ongoing)
  • Guest editor of sLocating the workforce at the heart of sustainable tourism, Journal of Sustainable Tourism (2019 - 2020)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Mooney, S. K. (2020). Gender research in hospitality and tourism management: Time to change the guard. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. doi:10.1108/ijchm-09-2019-0780

  • Ryan, I., & Mooney, S. K. (2019). “Not our class darling”: Networking – privilege or penalty in large hotels?. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. doi:10.1108/edi-11-2017-0257

  • Mooney, S. (2018). Illuminating intersectionality for tourism researchers. Annals of Tourism Research, 72. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2018.03.003

  • Mooney, S. (2018). Jobs for the girls? Women’s employment and career progression in the hospitality industry. In R. Burke, & J. Christensen Hughes (Eds.), Handbook of human resource management in the tourism and hospitality industries (pp. 184-215). United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781786431370.00016

  • Mooney, S., Schanzel, H., & Poulston, J. (2017). Illuminating the blind spots. In Hospitality and Society (Iss. 2). Intellect. doi:10.1386/hosp.7.2.105_2

  • Strauss, P., & Mooney, S. (2017). Assessment for learning: Capturing the interest of diverse students on an academic writing module in postgraduate vocational education. Teaching in Higher Education, 22(3). doi:10.1080/13562517.2016.1248389

  • Baum, T., Cheung, C., Kong, H., Kralj, A., Mooney, S., Nguyễn Thị Thanh, H., . . . Siow, M. L. (2016). Sustainability and the tourism and hospitality workforce: A thematic analysis. Sustainability, 8(8). doi:10.3390/su8080809

  • Mooney, S. (2016). Wasted youth in the hospitality industry: Older workers’ perceptions and misperceptions about younger workers. Hospitality and Society, 6(1). Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/hosp.6.1.9_1

  • Mooney, S. K., Harris, C., & Ryan, I. (2016). Long hospitality careers - A contradiction in terms?. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 28(11). doi:10.1108/IJCHM-04-2015-0206

  • Mooney, S. (2016). 'Nimble’ intersectionality in employment research: A way to resolve methodological dilemmas. Work, Employment and Society, 30(4). doi:10.1177/0950017015620768

  • Mooney, S., Ryan, I., & Harris, C. (2014). What you see is not always what you get: The importance of symbolic representations in intersectional research. New Zealand Sociology, 29(2). Retrieved from https://search.informit.org/

  • Mooney, S., & Ryan, I. (2009). A woman's place in hotel management: Upstairs or downstairs?. Gender in Management, 24(3). doi:10.1108/17542410910950877

  • Mooney, S. (2009). Children and a career: Yeah right! Barriers to women managers' career progression in hotels. New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management, 9(3). Retrieved from http://www.nzjhrm.co.nz/Site/Articles/2009_Folder/2009_Volume_9-3.aspx

Books

  • Mooney, S. (2009). Career barriers for women hotel managers in Australasia. Saarbrueken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr Mueller.

Journal articles

  • Mooney, S. K. (2020). Gender research in hospitality and tourism management: Time to change the guard. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. doi:10.1108/ijchm-09-2019-0780

  • Baum, T., Solnet, D., Robinson, R., & Mooney, S. K. (2019). Tourism employment paradoxes, 1946-2095: A perspective article. Tourism Review. doi:10.1108/TR-05-2019-0188

  • Ryan, I., & Mooney, S. K. (2019). “Not our class darling”: Networking – privilege or penalty in large hotels?. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. doi:10.1108/edi-11-2017-0257

  • Mooney, S. (2019). Warm workplace relationships: How to retain hospitality employees. Hospitality Insights, 3(1), 12-13. doi:10.24135/hi.v3i1.43

  • Baum, T., & Mooney, S. (2019). Hospitality employment 2033: A backcasting perspective (invited paper for ‘luminaries’ special issue of International Journal of Hospitality Management). International Journal of Hospitality Management, 76(Part B), 45-52. doi:10.1016/j.ijhm.2019.04.001

  • Mooney, S. (2018). Illuminating intersectionality for tourism researchers. Annals of Tourism Research, 72. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2018.03.003

  • Mooney, S., & Jameson, S. (2018). The career constructions of hospitality students: A rocky road. Hospitality & Society, 8(1), 45-67. doi:10.1386/hosp.8.1.45_1

  • Mooney, S., & Harkison, T. (2018). Assessment for learning in university settings: Fun and games. Anatolia, 29(4), 507-517. doi:10.1080/13032917.2018.1443826

  • Mooney, S. (2017). The hidden power of memory-work for hospitality and tourism researchers. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 33. doi:10.1016/j.jhtm.2017.09.010

  • Strauss, P., & Mooney, S. (2017). Assessment for learning: Capturing the interest of diverse students on an academic writing module in postgraduate vocational education. Teaching in Higher Education, 22(3). doi:10.1080/13562517.2016.1248389

  • Mooney, S., Ryan, I., & Harris, C. (2017). The intersections of gender with age and ethnicity in hotel careers: Still the same old privileges?. Gender, Work and Organization, 24(4). doi:10.1111/gwao.12169

  • Baum, T., Cheung, C., Kong, H., Kralj, A., Mooney, S., Nguyễn Thị Thanh, H., . . . Siow, M. L. (2016). Sustainability and the tourism and hospitality workforce: A thematic analysis. Sustainability, 8(8). doi:10.3390/su8080809

  • Mooney, S. (2016). Wasted youth in the hospitality industry: Older workers’ perceptions and misperceptions about younger workers. Hospitality and Society, 6(1). Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/hosp.6.1.9_1

  • Mooney, S. K., Harris, C., & Ryan, I. (2016). Long hospitality careers - A contradiction in terms?. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 28(11). doi:10.1108/IJCHM-04-2015-0206

  • Mooney, S. (2016). 'Nimble’ intersectionality in employment research: A way to resolve methodological dilemmas. Work, Employment and Society, 30(4). doi:10.1177/0950017015620768

  • Nakhid, C., Majavu, A., Bowleg, L., Mooney, S., Ryan, I., Mayeda, D., . . . Halstead, D. (2015). Intersectionality revisited: Moving beyond the contours of race, class,
    gender: Notes on an intersectionality symposium. New Zealand Sociology, 30(4). Retrieved from http://www.nzsociology.nz/index.php/nzs

  • Mooney, S., Ryan, I., & Harris, C. (2014). What you see is not always what you get: The importance of symbolic representations in intersectional research. New Zealand Sociology, 29(2). Retrieved from https://search.informit.org/

  • Strauss, P., & Mooney, S. (2011). Painting the bigger picture: academic literacy in postgraduate education. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 63(4). doi:10.1080/13636820.2011.572174

  • Mooney, S., & Ryan, I. (2009). A woman's place in hotel management: Upstairs or downstairs?. Gender in Management, 24(3). doi:10.1108/17542410910950877

  • Mooney, S. (2009). Children and a career: Yeah right! Barriers to women managers' career progression in hotels. New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management, 9(3). Retrieved from http://www.nzjhrm.co.nz/Site/Articles/2009_Folder/2009_Volume_9-3.aspx

  • Williamson, D., & Mooney, S. (2008). Where is She? Where are the female managers in the New Zealand hotel industry?. Food Service: The Spirit of Hospitality, 6(6).

Book chapters

  • Mooney, S., & Baum, T. (2019). A sustainable hospitality and tourism workforce research agenda: Exploring the past to create a vision for the future. In R. Sharpley, & D. Harrison (Eds.), A research agenda for tourism and development (pp. 189-205). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

  • Mooney, S. (2018). Jobs for the girls? Women’s employment and career progression in the hospitality industry. In R. Burke, & J. Christensen Hughes (Eds.), Handbook of human resource management in the tourism and hospitality industries (pp. 184-215). United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781786431370.00016

  • Ryan, I., & Mooney, S. K. (2018). Autoethnography: adding our stories to EDI research. In L. Booysen, R. Bendl, & J. Pringle (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in diversity management, equality and inclusion at work (pp. 228-246). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781783476084

Conference contributions

  • Ryan, I., Myers, B., Mooney, S., & Pringle, J. (2019). Leader development: A pathway for social change?. In Equity, Diversity and Gender in Employment. Brisbane: Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing (WOW).

  • Mooney, S. (2019). What price women’s work? Gender inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand tourism employment. In Tourism and the Sustainable development Goals Conference 2019. Massey University, Auckland: Massey University. Retrieved from https://tourism-sdg.nz/

  • Chang, M. C., Mooney, S., & Liu, C. (2018). How work experience affects hospitality students’ attitudes towards hospitality careers. In APacCHRIE Conference 2018. Guangzhou.

  • Mooney, S., & Jameson, S. (2018). One year on: Hospitality students’ changing perceptions of a hospitality career in New Zealand and the UK. In The Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) 2018 Conference book of abstracts. Bournemouth.

  • Mooney, S. (2018). The problem with the phrase ‘female leadership in hospitality'. In The Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) 2018 Conference book of abstracts (pp. 00). Bournmouth: Bournmouth University, United Kingdom.

  • Darukhanawalla, P., Williamson, D., & Mooney, S. (2017). The career patterns of graduates of hospitality management degrees in New Zealand. In CAUTHE 2017 Conference Handbook programme and abstracts (pp. 114). Dunedin: University of Otago, New Zealand.

  • Mooney, S. (2017). Intersectionality unwrapped as a research method for hospitality and tourism researchers. In Critical Tourism Studies Proceedings. Palma de Mallorca.

  • Mooney, S. (2017). Caught between a rock and an inhospitable place: How should hospitality students negotiate the changed employment landscape?. In Book of Abstracts. Majorca: CTS. Retrieved from https://www.cbs.dk/

  • Mooney, S., & Harkison, T. (2017). The games people play – the transformational effect of games of games as assessments. In Conference Handbook: Programme and Abstracts Vol. 27 (pp. 124). Dunedin: CAUTHE.

  • Mooney, S. (2017). Decent work for young people in the New Zealand hospitality sector? Yeah/nah!. In Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow Vol. 27. Dunedin.

  • Yong, S. E., & Mooney, S. (2016). Risky business: Ethnicity and tax compliance practices of small business operators. In 30th ANZAM Conference. Brisbane.

  • Mooney, S. (2016). Avoiding the Medusa effect: Using innovative methodologies to explore gender and other differences in organisations. In Gender, Work and Organisation Abstracts 1-369 (pp. 1 page). Staffordshire: Gender, Work and Organisation. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/

  • Mooney, S. (2015). Global or local - an intersectional analysis of hotel careers in New Zealand. In 29th Annual Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management. Queenstown.

  • Mooney, S. (2015). Whose choice is it anyway? The significance of age, gender, ethnicity and class in hospitality career longevity. In International Critical Tourism Conference V-Opatje, Croatia (pp. 86-87). Croatia: Academy of Hope.

  • Mooney, S. (2015). Blurred lines: The intersection of age, gender and ethnicity in a hospitality career. In 2nd Tourism Postdiciplinary Conference: Freedom, Art, Power (pp. 16-17). Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School.

  • Mooney, S., Ryan, I., & Harris, C. (2015). Are you a member of my ‘family’? How age, gender, ethnicity and class influence social connectivity in the New Zealand hospitality workplace. In AIRAANZ Conference 2015 Book of Abstracts (pp. 136-137). Auckland: AIRAANZ 2015.

  • Mooney, S. (2015). Wasted youth in the hospitality industry? Older workers’ perceptions and
    misperceptions about younger workers. In Hospitality and Tourism in a Greening World: Proceedings of the 13th Asia Pacific CHRIE Conference (pp. 1235-1245). Auckland.

  • Mooney, S. (2014). What you see is what you get: The importance of symbolic representations in organisational research. In Intersectionality Symposium: Intersectionality revisited: Moving beyond the contours of race, class and gender. AUT University.

  • Mooney, S. (2014). Traps for the unwary-a field guide to navigating the jungle of intersectional research practice. In Centre of Work, Organisation and Wellbeing: Gender in the workplace. Queensland.

  • Ryan, I. D., Mooney, S., & Harris, C. (2014). Views from the top and below: An exploration of what intersectionality offers cross-sectoral research. In Intersectionality Conference 2014: Intersectionality Research, Policy and Practice. Vancouver. Retrieved from https://www.dawncanada.net/events/intersectionality-research-policy-practice/

  • Ryan, I., & Mooney, S. (2012). Not our class darling: examining the practices of privilege in large hotels. In Gender, Work and Organisation: Abstracts 1-350 (pp. 11). Staffordshire: Keele University.

  • Mooney, S. (2011). Women rule, OK!. In Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Hotel Management Conference (ANZPHIC) 2011. Sydney: Horwath THL Australia.

  • Mooney, S. (2011). How did we get here and why did we stay? An intersectional approach to career journeys.. In 4th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 2011 Conference (EDI). Auckland: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Retrieved from http://www.edi-conference.org/2011/ConferenceProgramme.php

  • Ryan, I., & Mooney, S. (2010). Upstairs (not downstairs to privilege and inclusion). In 3rd Equality Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2010 (pp. 17 pages). Vienna. Retrieved from http://www.edi-conference.org/2010/CallforPapers.php

  • Mooney, S., & Ryan, I. (2010). The boundaryless career: Hotels had it first. In CAUTHE Conference Proceedings 2010 (pp. 1045-1050). University of Tasmania, Hobart. Retrieved from http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=816684111395265;res=IELBUS

  • Mooney, S. (2010). Where we have come from: Stories that reflect career journeys. In Proceedings of the New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference, 2010. AUT University, Auckland: AUT University.

  • Strauss, P., & Mooney, S. (2009). English for academic purposes: Its role in postgraduate hospitality studies. In British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes BALEAP Biennial Conference. Reading. Retrieved from http://www.baleap.org.uk/conferences/conference-programme-090324.pdf

  • Mooney, S. (2009). Have skills-will travel: The relevance of geographical mobility to women hotel managers' careers. In Proceedings of 19th Tourism and Hospitality Education and Research Conference 2009, see CHANGE: tourism & hospitality in a dynamic world (pp. 27 pages). Freemantle: Curtin University. Retrieved from http://www.cauthe.com.au/2009conference.html

  • Mooney, S. (2008). The demise of the old boy network in Australian and New Zealand hotels: Fact or fiction?. In CAUTHE, Proceedings of the 18th Annual CAUTHE Conference (pp. 11 pages). Gold Coast, Queensland. Retrieved from http://www.cauthe.com.au/Shop.html

  • Mooney, S. (2008). Hotel manager: A job that not even superwoman put her hand up for. In Gender and Diversity Pre-conference Workshop Title: Beyond Gender and Diversity? Yeah, right! 1st December, 2008 (pp. 34-36). Auckland: Gender and Diversity Group, AUT University.

  • Mooney, S. (2008). Holding out for a hero: Female management role models in hotels. In 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008 Managing in the Pacific Century. University of Auckland.

Reports

  • Ryan, I., Mooney, S., Myers, B., & Pringle, J. K. (2017). Innovative directions for leadership development and research: Innovative directions for leadership development and research (2). Auckland, New Zealand: Leadership New Zealand. Retrieved from https://www.leadershipnz.co.nz/

  • Ryan, I., Mooney, S., Myers, B., Pringle, J. K., & Tedestedt, R. (2017). Stage one. Leadership New Zealand. Review of participant self-assessment data February 2015 and November 2015: Innovative directions for leadership development and research. Auckland, New Zealand: Leadership New Zealand. Retrieved from https://www.leadershipnz.co.nz/

  • Mooney, S. (2014). Why do people work in hospitality? (4). Auckand, NZ: Restaurant Association of New Zealand.

Theses

Oral presentations

  • Mooney, S. (2010). Doctoral presentation entitled "The Intersectionality of Age, Class, Ethnicity and Gender: An Exploration of the Career Longevity of Hotel Workers".. AUT University.

Working paper/discussions

  • Nakhid, C., Majavu, A., Bowleg, L., Mooney, S., Ryan, I., Mayeda, D., . . . Halstead, D. (2015). DUPLICATE RECORD: Intersectionality revisited: Moving beyond the contours of race, class, gender – Notes on an Intersectionality Symposium.

Other outputs

  • Mooney, S., Schanzel, H., & Poulston, J. (2017). Illuminating the blind spots. In Hospitality and Society (Iss. 2). Intellect. doi:10.1386/hosp.7.2.105_2

  • Mooney, S. (2015). Strategies that help you to keep new employees. Multimedia Publishing Limited.

  • Williamson, D., & Mooney, S. (2008). Where is she?. In Food service Magazine (Iss. 6).