Immigration and Inclusion Research Group

About this groupImmigration research group

Led by Professor Edwina Pio, University Director of Diversity, the Immigration and Inclusion Research Group is devoted to the promotion of a richer and more sophisticated understanding of immigration and work. Group members work innovatively through pragmatic, thoughtful and authoritative research. The group was awarded the Te Rangi Hiroa medal of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2019. Through building a corpus of multidisciplinary research, the Immigration and Inclusion Research Group focuses on how immigrants, including refugees, navigate the world of work, religious diversity in the workplace, immigrant entrepreneurship and the impact of immigration norms on diasporas. The theoretical lenses of diversity and inclusion, critical management studies and positive organisational scholarship are emphasised.


Edwina Pio (Lead Researcher)Alison Booth Antonio Díaz Andrade
Chris GriffithsEleanor HolroydErling Rasmussen
Faiza AliGeorge ThienGrace Wong
Jed MontayreKakala VainikoloMahreen Baloch
Margie Elley-BrownMarjo Lips-WiersmaMaria Hayward
Mary HooverOksana OparaPeter McGhee
Prabhash ParameswaranRob KilpatrickRobyn Bailey
Roy SmollanSmita SinghTherese Walkinshaw
Thushini JayawardenaTimothy Pratt 


Ali RasheedIrene Kumar Jacklyn Lim
Lian-Hong BrebnerNatina RobertsPaeru Tauraki
Tanya Nabat  

Current research

  • Religious diversity and wellbeing at work

Description: Religion has many diverse strands and unfurling fresh perspectives at the interface between religion and wellbeing at work is the goal pursued by this project. Strands such as women’s bodies, religious symbolism, diversity policies and practices for wellbeing at work will form the core of this project. This project is focused on what religion does, how it does what it does, and the mechanisms through which the doing and performing are managed and perceived, i.e. religion of employer, employees, for profit and not-for-profit organizations, and the multiple nuanced religion of critical stakeholders in the context of wellbeing at work.

Team: Edwina Pio and team.

Past research

  • The Management of Faith in Organisations

Description: Faith impacts how individuals and organisations envision, manage and respond to their various stakeholders, communities and the world around them. This project seeks to present various facets of how faith, values or (in more secular terminology) ideological outlook informs, influences and adds mystery that inspires and impels individuals and organisations in their evocative quest for a diverse praxis of delivering their respective organisational missions through meaningful occupation while also suggesting areas of further research.


Team: Edwina Pio, Rob Kilpatrick and Timothy Pratt.

  • Immigration, class and work

Description: This is an ongoing project that seeks to interrogate how class impacts work for ethnic minority, visible minority women. The aim is to underscore the importance of disaggregating traditional analytical categories which tend to lump migrant women, in particular non-white women, as one homogeneous group.


  • Pio, E. (2019). Transnational feminist perspectives on women’s education, work and leadership. (pp. 141-164). In L. Collins, Machizawa, S., & J. Rice (Eds.). Towards a Transnational Feminist Psychology of Women. American Psychological Association. (book chapter)
  • Pio, E., Kristjansdotttir, E., and Christansen, T. (2019). Glass hearts?! Visible ethnic minority women migrants at work in Iceland and New Zealand. European Academy of Management, Portugal, 2019 (conference presentation)

Team: Edwina Pio and Rob Kilpatrick.

  • Diversity, religion and inclusion

Description: This project looks at peace building from numerous perspectives to explore the relationship between religion, callings and careers. Using experiences from case studies, it is argued that religion gives structure to those on the career journey. This work is part of the Business and Peacebuilding book series.

Team: Edwina Pio and members of the Immigration and Inclusion Research Group.

  • Prostrated in prayer and terror: Religious diversity and identity work

Description: This project will explore the notions of identity for peoples who are adherents of minority religions are visibly different immigrants. The research will provide insights for individual and collective learning in how identities are negotiated through various individual and organisational processes.


Team: Edwina Pio and members of the Immigration and Inclusion Research Group.

  • Peace building

Description: This survey benchmarks trends in the carework workforce in New Zealand. We have conducted and reported on surveys in 2014 and 2016 (below) as well as publishing academic journal articles from the survey data.


Team: Edwina Pio, Rob Kilpatrick and Timothy Pratt.