NZWRI members, research associates and project advisors

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

NZWRI members are experts within AUT University with professional interests that align with the aims the institute. The following list shows NZWRI members and their associated research group.



Alison Booth

Anne Messervy

Ann-Marie Kennedy

Barbara McKenzie-Green

Barry Brunette

Bill Cochrane

Chris Griffiths

Clare George

Claudio Aguayo

Coral Ingley

De Wet van der Westhuizen

Effie Theodorou

Faiza Ali

Gaye Greenwood

Gayle Morris

Gemma Piercy

Geoffrey Brooke

Guillermo Merelo Alcocer

Jed Montayre

Kakala Vainikolo

Kirk Reed

Mahreen Baloch

Maria Hayward

Mark Le Fevre

Michael Fletcher

Muhammad Asif Naeem

Pam Nuttall

Paweena Wanchai

Peter Gilderdale

Rebecca Jarden

Rob Kilpatrick

Ronny Tedestedt

Ross Milne

Therese Walkinshaw

Thushini Jayawardena

Timothy Pratt

Trish Corner

Valerie Wright-St Clair

Our research associates are external experts with professional interests that align with the aims of the institute. The following list shows the research associates and their research area(s) of interest.

Adrian Wilkinson
Griffith University, Aus
Adrienne Puckey
University of Auckland
Andrew Dallas
Employment Relations Authority
Anna Jenkins
University of Queensland, Aus
Annabel Newman
Service and Food Workers Union
Aristea Koukiadaki
University of Manchester, UK
Barry Foster
Massey University
Bernard Walker
University of Canterbury
Bevan Catley
Massey University
Bill Cochrane
University of Waikato
Bill Rosenberg
Council of Trade Unions
Bradon Ellem
University of Sydney, Aus
Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor
University of Auckland
Cameron Newton
Queensland University of Technology, Aus
Cathy Urquhart
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Chellie Spiller
University of Waikato
Chris Dawson
University of Bath, UK
Christopher Poullaos
University of Sydney, Aus
Claire Regnault
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
David Blustein
Boston College, USA
David Peetz
Griffith University, Aus
David Pick
Curtin University, Aus
David Sundaram
University of Auckland
David Tappin
Massey University
Di Daniels
Digital Wings Trust
Don Webber
Sheffield University Management School, UK
Erik Poutsma
Radboud University, Netherlands
Faiza Ali
Lahore University of Management Sciences
Fritz Drissner
Engineering, Printing & Manufacturing Union
Gemma Piercy
University of Waikato
Geoffrey G. Jones
Harvard Business School, USA
Georgina Murray
Griffith University, Aus
Glenda Strachan
Griffith University, Aus
Gordon Boyce
University of Newcastle, Aus
Greg Patmore
University of Sydney, Aus
Heather McDonald
Ministry of Justice
Herman Knudsen
Aalborg University, Denmark
Howard Cox
University of Worcester, UK
Jane Aubrey
APN Digital
Jane Bryson
Victoria University of Wellington
Janis Bailey
Griffith University, Aus
Jens Lind
Aalborg University, Denmark
Jessica Xu
Bank of New Zealand
Jim Arrowsmith
Massey University
Joce Jesson
University of Auckland
Johanna Macneil
RMIT University, Aus
John Burgess
Torrens University, Aus
John Singleton
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
John Wren
Education New Zealand
Julianne Hennecke
Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Ger
Kate Lewis
Newcastle University, UK
Kathryn Owler
Joyworkz Ltd
Keith Macky
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Keith Townsend
Griffith University, Aus
Ken Bartlett
University of Minnesota, USA
Laila Harrè
Linda Trenberth
Griffith University, Aus
Luiz Antonio Joia
Fundação Getulio Vargas
Maree Roche
University of Waikato
Margaret Wilson
University of Waikato
Marian Baird
University of Sydney, Aus
Mark Stuart
University of Leeds, UK
Martie-Louise Verreynne, Aus
University of Queensland, Aus
Michael Barry
Griffith University, Aus
Michael Belgrave
Massey University
Michael Myers
University of Auckland
Michael O'Driscoll
University of Waikato
Michail Veliziotis
University of Southampton, UK
Nevan Wright
Auckland Institute of Studies
Nigel Haworth
University of Auckland
Peter Boxall
University of Auckland
Peter Franks
University of Sydney, Aus
Peter Lund-Thomsen
Copenhagen Business School
Peter Mueser
University of Missouri, USA
Philip Morrison
Victoria University of Wellington
Rupert Tipples
Lincoln University
Russell Lansbury
University of Sydney, Aus
Sarah Oxenbridge
The Smith Family, Aus
Shaohui (Sophie) Chen
China Europe International Business School
Sholeh Maani
University of Auckland
Stèphane Le Queux
James Cook University, Aus
Stephen Blumenfeld
Victoria University of Wellington
Stephen Teo
Edith Cowan University, Aus
Stuart Carr
Massey University
Tayo Fashoyin
Massey University
Teresa da Silva Lopes
York University, UK
Terri Mylett
Western Sydney University, Aus
Tim Bentley
Edith Cowan University, Aus
Vivienne Hunt
Industry Science Partnerships


The advisory process is incorporated in all of our projects. Advisory project members comprise key leaders from government, business and the community. These members contribute informed comment on our activities and assist in ensuring NZWRI is undertaking research that is relevant to our stakeholders and well informed. Two examples of such project advisors are listed as follows:

Disparities in Healthcare Access

Ethnic differences in the uptake of healthcare services: A Microanalysis

This project uses Growing Up in New Zealand data and aims to quantify the contribution of different factors (accessibility, mobility, socio-economic, parental and child characteristics) to ethnic gaps in healthcare service uptake. The key goal is to provide potential policy drivers to assist in closing these gaps.

  • Ministry of Health
  • Oranga Tamariki – Research and Evaluation
  • The Immunisation Advisory Centre;
  • Waikato DHB
  • Auckland Regional Dental Service
  • Alliance Health Plus PHO, and
  • Manaia Health PHO.

Low Literacy and Numeracy

The expression, experience and transcendence of low skills in Aotearoa New Zealand

Using a range of empirical methods with PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) data, as well as administrative data in the IDI (Integrated Data Infrastructure), this research programme will build a detailed, population-wide picture of those with low literacy and/or numeracy skills.

  • Ministry of Education
  • Literacy Aotearoa
  • Business NZ
  • NZ Council of Trade Unions
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • AKO Aotearoa
  • Te Puni Kokiri
  • Ministry of Pacific Peoples
  • Tertiary Education Commission, and
  • NZ Council for Educational Research.


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