Employment Relations Research Group

The Employment Relations Research Group develops research projects which improves the practice of decision makers in New Zealand policy bodies and organisations. The group engages a broad range of projects, focusing on: employment relations and human resource management issues and practices, labour market trends, employment law and conflict resolution.

The group is led by Professor Erling Rasmussen. Erling’s research strengths are in the fields of New Zealand and comparative employment relations, with a special interest in the effects of public policy changes.


Employers’ role in and attitudes to employment relations change in New Zealand
This long-term project focuses on researching various aspects of the employers’ role in seeking public policy and workplace change and whether these changes align with employers’ attitudes to employment relations issues. Several surveys have been implemented in collaboration with Massey University, Palmerston North.
Key researchers: Barry Foster (Massey University) and Erling Rasmussen.

‘Working Poor’ and labour market regulations and transitions
In light of the living wage campaign in New Zealand, this project overviews international research on overseas trends and experiences amongst ‘working poor’. The initial focus has been a comparison between New Zealand and Denmark.
Key researchers: Jens Lind (Aalborg University, Denmark) and Erling Rasmussen.

New Zealand employment relations reforms and the quest for a high wage, high skill economy
This project applies a historical, public policy and labour market angle to current and possible future employment relations reforms.
Key researchers: Erling Rasmussen

The Cranet Survey
Covering more than 40 countries, this survey has been conducted in New Zealand on a regular basis. The survey focuses on HRM practices in larger organisation and the next survey will be conducted in 2015.


The forum aims to improve dialogue in the area of employment law. Nestled under the Employment Relations Research Group, it provides both academic analysis of employment law development and the opportunity for discussion and debate on the law among employment lawyers and employment relations specialists.


This journal is an essential guide to Employment Relations in New Zealand and covers such topics as employment law and human resource management. It is a must for academics, students, researchers and policy makers.

The editors of the New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations (formerly New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations) are Felicity Lamm, Erling Rasmussen (Associate Professor and Professor respectively at Auckland University of Technology), and Rupert Tipples (Senior Lecturer at Lincoln University).


Barry BrunetteBarry Foster
Bill Cochrane Clare George
Danaë AndersonDavid Williamson
Effie TheodorouErling Rasmussen (group leader)
Felicity LammGaye Greenwood
Gemma PiercyJarrod Haar
Julie DouglasKatherine Ravenswood
Marcus HoMichael Fletcher
Mike FrenchPam Nuttall (convenor, Employment Law Forum)
Ronny Tedestedt Swati Nagar
Warren Goodsir 

If you would like to become an actively involved research member please contact us.