Building staff engagement for uncharted waters – Professor Peter Murray


Peter Murray (PM) – My name is Peter Murray I’m the Professor of Management at the School of Management and Enterprise at the University of Southern Queensland
Well my research typically follows organisational learning, team learning and probably also diversity management.

Jim Lindsay (JM) – My name is Jim Lindsay, I’m the CEO of Ipswich city council. Ipswich city council is a large local government, right next to Brisbane in the South East corner of Queensland. It has a population of about two hundred thousand people currently, growing quite quickly to four hundred and fifty thousand people in the next 15-20 years. it has a staff of about 1200 employees and provides over 1000 products and services to our community.

PM – At the state government level I have been looking at organisational learning, networks, creating organisational learning cultures. At the specific local government level, I’ve been looking at how do you create a
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Ethnicity and diversity: Why we need top of the cliff solutions



By Leonie Hayden


The experiences of migrants and refugees are addressed in an annual summit hosted by AUT’s Immigration and Inclusion Research Group. This year a range of speakers will be tackling the workplace.

“We are in a woven universe, so how do we create a weave that doesn’t fray?”

This is the question at the core of creating robust immigration policy, according to AUT’s University Director of Diversity, Edwina Pio.
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The Rise of the Radicals – The Narrative of Terror Hides Behind its Ideologues – Catherine Shakdam




The 2016 BBC documentary on Deobandis in the UK exposed what many of us knew all along. That the Muslim communities in the United Kingdom are not a monolithic and that there are some schools of thoughts that dominate terrorist violence and intolerance, while other Muslims are held collectively responsible. Most disturbingly, the vast and significant network of Deobandi madrasas in the UK have hosted globally designated terrorist like Masood Azhar, head of JeM.

If we consider that the UK is but one of the many ‘assets’ Terror’s ideologues have cultivated … and one could safely say activated over the years, one needs to in fact ponder over the magnitude of the crisis we currently face.

For all our lengthy discourse on terrorism, and those tenets intellectuals, politicians, and heads of states have claimed gave life to radicalism, we have abysmally failed to Continue reading

How early career women help to open up the gender pay gap – Julie Davies and David Fahey


Snip20170912_11Perhaps Gary Lineker is worth more than Clare Balding? After all, the former footballer fronts the BBC’s coverage of the world’s most popular sport. Balding, on the other hand, presents the BBC countryside radio programme Ramblings and the BBC faith programme Good Morning Sunday, alongside other jobs for BBC Sport. In truth, though, the kerfuffle over the BBC gender pay gap is a distraction, and part of a wider trend towards public sector bashing.

Research suggests that the real issue behind gender pay gaps is that women too readily accept low pay offers. And the cost of not negotiating job offers is compounded significantly during a career. In her book, Women Don’t Ask, Linda Babcock reported Continue reading

Diversity and Inclusion: Interview




Publication: Workforce Tomorrow (Issue 8, 2017)
Interview with: Jawad Syed


“Diversity premises on the understanding that there are multiplicities of identities, experiences, and perspectives. By inclusion, I mean the understanding that there are various interpretations and ways of life, apart from the mainstream version, and that these diverse identities and lifestyles should not be ignored, voiced down or suppressed, but included and equally valued in the mainstream way of life within and outside the workplace.”

Full interview (PDF) can be downloaded here:

Workforce Tomorrow – Global Diversity and Inclusion

Ideological and Legislative Responses to Terrorism


Panel Discussion and Press Conference on “Ideological and Legislative Responses to Terrorism,” hosted by the Interfaith Unity for Tolerance (IFUT). (Symphony Space, New York, 24 June 2017).

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Professor Jawad Syed
Professor Edwina Pio
Professor Tahir Kamran

A unique combination of academic and legislative efforts, this event presented a coherent response to faith based violence and terrorism.

In the past, we have seen sweeping generalizations about Muslims, Islamists or Sunni militants and false binaries between Islam and West, Muslims and Christians or Jews, Sunni and Shia, Saudi Arabia and Iran, Haves and Have Nots, etc that misrepresent the specific issue of extremism and terrorism in certain sections of Wahhabi, Salafi and Deobandi (WSD) communities, driven by the exclusivist ideology of Takfir (Othering and violence) whose victims include mainstream Sunni and Shia Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Panelists at this event unpacked this complex issue by focusing on the book “Faith Based Violence and Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan,” a primer for governments seeking an integrated and contextual approach to addressing terrorism. The event provided a nuanced and updated narrative that’s unconstrained by political correctness or by suppression from theocracies and despots.

The panel included Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who also explained her bill “Stop Arming Terrorists Act”. The bipartisan legislation (H.R.608 and S.532) would prohibit any Federal agency from using taxpayer dollars to provide weapons, cash, intelligence, or any support to al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups, and it will prohibit the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries who are directly or indirectly supporting terrorists.

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Prof Edwina Pio appointed as University Director of Diversity at AUT


AUT was the first New Zealand university to appoint a Professor of Diversity, Dr Edwina Pio. This year, Edwina’s appointment as University Director of Diversity signals another first in AUT’s strong commitment and actions in the diversity arena. In the new role, Edwina will work to enhance effectiveness and understanding in the crucial areas of advancing diversity and inclusiveness for extensive, vibrant and dynamic relationships with stakeholders. This appointment underscores the promise for learning and discovery that promotes the wellbeing and flourishing of people and their environments.

Refugee and immigrant millennials in NZ struggling to get into high-paying jobs




Report by: Lincoln Tan, the New Zealand Herald’s diversity, ethnic affairs and immigration senior reporter.

Tuesday Feb 14, 2017

Despite having a better work ethic, refugee and immigrant millennials (RIM) still struggle to get good jobs in New Zealand, a study has found.

A “RIM @ work” study by AUT University Professor of Diversity Edwina Pio conducted 150 conversations and interviews with high-level managers, focus groups with millennials and parents and educators.

It found that RIMs had a “different” work ethic – they tended to take fewer sickies and breaks, and were not clock-watchers. Continue reading

Dr Jawad Syed shares research on intersectionality with Financial Times




Dr. Jawad Syed, Dean of Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) at LUMS was recently interviewed by the Financial Times (1 Dec 2016) about his thoughts on the notion of “intersectionality.”

Intersectionality is a relatively new concept, describing how oppressive institutions such as racism, sexism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, classism, etc. are interconnected and how this overlapping or intersecting of social identities causes related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination.

Dr. Syed, also a professor of organisational behaviour at SDSB, in the interview, shared findings of his recently conducted study on the experience of Pakistani women in British workplaces and spoke about the issue of multiple discriminations in the workplace.

Sharing his findings, he said that in many countries, anti-discrimination laws look at gender, race and ethnicity separately and when women of various races experience intersectional discrimination, there are no laws in their jurisdictions to protect them. He also discusses that in addition to the numerous legal hurdles, many cases of discrimination, individual or collective, are hard to prove. Dr. Syed also identifies why intersectionality is a comparatively unexplored concept because there is ‘little individual case law to show how it operates.’

The complete Financial Times article can accessed here.

NZ Herald: Prof Edwina Pio on the changing nature of Kiwi Christmas




AUT University Professor of Diversity Edwina Pio said nostalgia for home and ethnic traditions during Christmas meant a lot to immigrants.

“Traditions reminiscent of their Indo-Portuguese heritage may mean that some migrants indulge in savoury dishes made with pork such as sorpotel and vindaloo, along with delicately hued marzipan, pure white shell-cream, nankati and silver baubles and pale pink coconut sweet,” Pio said.

“Or those from the Philippines whose noche buena favourites may be sweet spaghetti and keso de bola or Edam cheese.”

She said New Zealand already offered a Christmas that was something unique.

Newcomers are greeted by Santa on a skateboard wearing short and sunnies, instead of riding on a sleigh.

“Churches organise BBQs in parks and generous families throw open their homes on Christmas day, by including those who do not have family be they Muslim, Hindu or Christian, to share in their Christmas meal with gifts for everyone,” Pio added.

“It is a fabulous opportunity to join in carol singing, swap stories of celebration from various religions and in the process of festivity garner respect, knowledge and delight in Christmas.”