About the Institute

Professor Gail Pacheco leads the Institute as Director. Gail is supported by Professor Jarrod Haar (Deputy Director) and leaders of our specialist research groups.

A key objective of the Institute is to contribute to high-quality research (at both the national and international level) regarding people and work, with respect to labour market dynamics; employment relations; wellbeing and performance; diversity in the workplace; and the role of technology. Our research groups listed below enable over 70 research experts to provide research that ticks the boxes for both academic rigour, as well as being relevant to policy makers in business, government, and the community in general.

We place emphasis on a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach  and rank engagement with external stakeholders
as a high priority.

The Institute also provides commissioned work for a range of external clients, with recent examples including work for the Blind Foundation, Vodafone Foundation NZ, United Nations Women, Department of Labour, MBIE, and Coca-Cola Amatil NZ. 

Finally, we host a multitude of events (including conferences, symposia and regular seminars) and provide mentoring and networking opportunities for postgraduate students, emerging academics and researchers.

We have a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) where we recognize mutual interest in the nature of people, work, and lifelong career development.

NZ Work Research Institute 2016 Annual Report