People

The Institute has a strong membership of over 70 research experts spanning across six research groups. Together they produce research which is relevant to policy makers in business, government and the community.

Key contacts

Gail Pacheco

Gail Pacheco

Director

Email: gail.pacheco@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5708

Gail Pacheco is a Professor in the Economics Department at AUT, and Director of the NZ Work Research Institute. She has considerable experience leading funded projects involving both academic and industry collaborations (with for instance the Department of Labour, the Blind Foundation, Careers NZ, United Nations Women, and Coca-Cola Amatil NZ). She is an applied empirical and labour economist and her key research expertise lies in applying econometric methodology to the emerging areas of labour and health research. Her current research agenda is in line with AUT’s multidisciplinary and applied philosophy.

Jarrod Haar

Jarrod Haar

Deputy Director

Email: jarrod.haar@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5034

Jarrod Haar is a Professor of Human Resource Management in the Department of Management and has tribal affiliations of Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Mahuta. Jarrod is a Research Fellow of the Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management, an Associate Fellow of the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and won  the inaugural HRINZ HR Researcher of the Year Award in 2016. In April 2016, he became the Deputy Director of the NZ Work Research Institute. His research approach spans broadly across a wide range of management topics, but with a strong focus on Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour.

Mary Hedges

Mary Hedges

Research Developer

Email: mary.hedges@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 8546

Mary has a PhD in Economics from the University of Queensland and works in the areas of labour economics, behavioural economics and life-course econometric modelling. She answers real-world questions about individual choice in the areas of education and health, using tailor-made analytical tools and keen economic reasoning.

Mary has over twenty years’ experience in academia. She brings to the Institute a wealth of experience working collaboratively with academia, industry, government and community agencies. Her focus is on translational research and managing projects to achieve practical outcomes, meeting the needs of the diverse interest groups involved.

Kabir Dasgupta

Research Fellow

Email: kabir.dasgupta@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5583

Kabir's research interests include Health and Labour Economics, Applied Econometrics and Policy Analysis. His previous studies have looked at the effectiveness of important US-based social policies and family-specific characteristics on child and youth mental health and behavioural outcomes. Kabir is currently working on the Transients project, commissioned by SUPERU.

Photo: Karin Lange

Alexander Plum

Research Fellow

Email: alexander.plum@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999

Alex's research interests include Labour Economics and social welfare. His previous studies have looked at the social implications of low wages and the employment prospects of the unemployed.

Tamara Tesolin

Tamara Tesolin

Office Manager

Email: tamara.tesolin@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5056

Tamara looks after the day to day running of the institute. Her work days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Vinuli Withanarachchie

Institute Administrator

Email: vinuli.withan@aut.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 6505

Vinuli assists with the running of the institute. Her work days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.