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.”

Gender equality at workplace in Pakistan: An intersectional perspective


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Keynote address by Dr Jawad Syed at the 6th International Conference on Business Management (ICoBM), held at NUST Business School, Islamabad on 26-27 October 2016.


This paper argues that the project of gender equality in Pakistan may not be accomplished without taking into account the intersection of gender with ethnicity and other forms of identity. Indeed, notwithstanding recent strides in legislation protecting women’s rights within and outside the workplace, gender equality remains a sore area in Continue reading

International Arms Trade and Refugee Crises


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Snip20160815_14The production, sales and export of arms not only enables and intensifies armed conflicts worldwide but is also related to the number of refugees and displaced persons. This is an issue of social responsibility and business ethics of organisations and governments involved in the arms trade.

The issue is of equal importance to organisations dealing with refugees and their wellbeing and inclusion. There is generally a dearth of studies addressing the ethical aspect of the arms industry, particularly its impact on refugees.

In this presentation at a professional development workshop at the Academy of Management Conference (Anaheim 2016), Prof Syed discusses the implications of international arms trade for the current refugee crises.

The inability to fit in and become invisible


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The inability to fit in and become invisible: Narratives of British Pakistani female managers and professionals

By Shehla Riza Arifeen and Jawad Syed

Paper presentation at the Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, August 5-9, 2016.

This paper uses an intersectional lens to explore career experiences of ‘the second generation’ British Pakistani female managers and professionals, and examines the ways in which organizations contribute to or mitigate inequality. While this group should be relatively advantaged by virtue of its managerial and professional status, the study finds that the disadvantage caused by intersectionality of gender, ethnicity and religion continues to be reproduced. The paper demonstrates how practices that are considered ‘the norm’ in organizations, and are crucial to fitting in, can create feelings of difference and marginalization because of the diverse employees’ inability to fit in and become invisible. The study shows that being at an intersectional location increases these women’s visibility in a negative way, creating a situation that perpetuates and reproduces inequalities.

A relational perspective on gender equality and mainstreaming: The case of Pakistan 


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This paper argues that single-level conceptualisations of gender mainstreaming and equality within organisational or legal policy domain are inadequate to capture its contextual and multilevel nature.

It develops and offers a multilevel perspective on this issue and situates it in the context of Pakistan, a developing Muslim majority country in South Asia.

Based on a review of macro-level factors (e.g., laws, policies and culture), meso-level factors (e.g., organisational interventions) and micro-level factors (e.g., intersection of gender with social class and family status) in Pakistan, the paper develops a contextual perspective on gender mainstreaming to achieve gender equality at multiple levels.

Speaker: Prof Jawad Syed
Event: Talent, Diversity and Development (TDD) Research Group Seminar Series
Venue: University of Huddersfield Business School
Date of lecture: 14 June 2016

EURAM 2016 GRDO SIG Plenary: Postoclonialism, power and diversity


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Postoclonialism, power and diversity

European Academy of Management Conference
‘Gender, Race and Diversity in Organisations’ Special Interest Group

Plenary speakers
Beverly Dawn Metcalfe, Jawad Syed, Hamid Kazeroony, and Harry J. Van Buren III

Date: 3 June 2016

Venue: Université Paris Est Créteil

The plenary offered a global perspective on postoclonialism and diversity. It
highlighted and challenged the power of colonial and neoliberal knowledge that Continue reading

Westminster Briefing event in London on ‘Supporting BME People in the Workplace’


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Jawad Syed’s lecture on a relational and intersectional perspective on diversity management: The case of Muslim women at work in the UK

The event was facilitated by Jagtar Singh (NHS Trust Chairman) while other speakers included Omar Khan (Director, Runnymede Trust) and Anne Sylvester (Diversity Consultant)

Targeted killings in Bangladesh: Victims, culprits and countermeasures – Jawad Syed


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bdSince 2013, Bangladesh has been repeatedly in headline news across the world due to systematic and incessant targeted killings. In the mainstream media, both in South Asia and the West, the focus has been generally on high profile murders of secular and progressive bloggers, e.g., recent worldwide broad coverage of the tragic murder of Xulhaz Mannan, editor of Bangladesh’s first LGBT rights magazine. However, not many know that these killings are only one part of the story. Secularists and bloggers are not the only community under attack in Bangladesh. Unless other pieces of the story are taken into account, the picture will remain incomplete and a meaningful resolution may remain evasive.

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