Emeritus Professor Nigel Anthony Fell Haworth

PhD in Latin American Studies, BPhil in Latin American Studies and BA (Hons).


Professor of Human Resource Development, Nigel trained as an economist, became a specialist in Latin American Studies and the international labour market, and focused his research in part on the Pacific Rim in the areas of national policy towards internationalisation, the role of WTO and the development of the ASEAN economies. More recently, he worked on the international fishing industry with a long-running research group, based in his department.

He wrote many years on various aspects of the international labour movement. Active in APEC networks between 1994 and 2010, Nigel led the Capacity Building Network of the APEC HRD Working Group between 2001 and 2010. He also worked with the ILO and was a member of the ILO Century Project, producing the ILO's account of its role since 1919. He was Chair of the Partnership Resource Centre, located in the Department of Labour, and its successor, the High Performance Work Initiative, and was, for six years until 2009, Chair of the Centre for Housing Research, located in the Housing Corporation of New Zealand. He was National President of the Association of University Staff for three years between 2005 and 2008. 

In 2012, he took up the role of Head of Department of the Department of Management and International Business for a four year term.

Also in 2012. he was elected on to the Policy Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, and in 2013 became a member of the NZLP's Council. In 2015, he was elected President of the New Zealand Labour Party.

Nigel held a Visiting Chair in the Toulouse Business School, in France, from 2007 to 2014.

In 2018, Professor Haworth retired from the University, returning on a part-time contract to complete PhD supervisions, whilst continuing in the role of President of the New Zealand Labour Party.

Special Interests:

  • International employment relations
  • Regional integration and labour standards

Research | Current

Research Interests:
  • Maori sustainable development
  • International regulation and trade regimes
  • International human resource development
  • International economic integration

Teaching | Current

Positions Held:
From To Institution Position Held
2003 ---- The University of Auckland Professor of Human Resource Development
1995 2003 The University of Auckland Professor of International Business
1993 1995 The University of Auckland Professor of International Studies
1988 1993 The University of Auckland Senior Lecturer in Labour Relations
1978 1988 Strathclyde University Lecturer in Industrial Relations


2014 MGMT 714 Advanced Employment Relations



Head of Department, Department of Management and International Business, in the University of Auckland Business School.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Chair, Centre for Housing Research (2003-2009)
  • Chair, Partnership Research Centre - later High Performance Work Initiative (from 2004)
  • International Coordinator, APEC HRD Working Group Capacity Building Network (2001-2010)
  • Member, Auckland Business Development Board (1990-1998)
  • National President, Association of University Staff (2005-2008)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Simmons, G., Robertson, B., Whittaker, H., Slooten, E., McCormack, F., Bremner, G., ... Dawson, S. (2017). New Zealand’s fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal. New York: The Conversation.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40862
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thrush
  • Slooten, E., Simmons, G., Dawson, S. M., Bremner, G., Thrush, S. F., Whittaker, H., ... Clarke, P. J. (2017). Evidence of bias in assessment of fisheries management impacts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (25), E4901-E4902. 10.1073/pnas.1706544114
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Thrush
  • Simmons, G., Haworth, N., & Whittaker, H. (2017). Transparency needed in fishing industry, say academics seeking internal reports. NZ HeraldAuckland, New Zealand.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35770
  • Khattak, A., Haworth, N., Stringer, C., & Benson-Rea, M. (2017). Is social upgrading occurring in South Asia’s apparel industry?. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 13 (3), 226-243. 10.1108/cpoib-11-2015-0051
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christina Stringer, Maureen Benson-Rea
  • Gao, J. H. H., & Haworth, N. (2017). Stuck in the middle? Human resource management at the interface of academia and industry. The International Journal of Human Resource Management10.1080/09585192.2017.1342681
  • Simmons, G., Bremner, G., Whittaker, H., Clarke, P., Teh, L., Zylick, K., ... Torkington, B. (2016). New Zealand. In D. Pauly, D. Zeller (Eds.) Global atlas of marine fisheries: A critical appraisal of catches and ecosystem impacts (pp. 348-348). Washington: Island Press.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35774
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christina Stringer
  • Simmons, G., Haworth, N., & Whittaker, D. (2016). We're catching fish but not value: Why QMS needs reform. The Dominion Post (29 Aug 2016), 9-9.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32254
  • Gao, J. H. H., & Haworth, N. (2016). Servicing academics and building relationships: The case of two university commercialisation offices in Australia. R&D Management, 46 (S2), 653-663. 10.1111/radm.12184

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 4121
New Zealand