Paul Spoonley

Massey University, New Zealand, and IZA, Germany

The IZA has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s leading networks of scholars and this is an opportunity to contribute to yet another innovation in data sourcing and sharing. It is an exciting project that hopefully will benefit scholars, policy and decision makers, as well as countries and communities, alike

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand, and IZA, Germany

Research interest

Immigration policy, immigrant settlement outcomes, anti-Semitism and racism, ethnic identity

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Member, Auckland Council Strategic Leadership Group, “Immigrant Settlement,” 2011 (this is a governance and advisory group to the new Auckland Council in association with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment); Expert Academic Advisory Group, “Immigration Policy,” New Zealand Department of Labour, 2009–2010; Research Advisory Group, “Asia: NZ Foundation,” 2008–present

Past positions

Research Director (Auckland), College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand; Fellow, Royal Society of New Zealand; Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, USA


PhD Sociology, Massey University, 1986

Selected publications

  • Welcome to Our World? Immigration and the Reshaping of New Zealand. Auckland: Dunmore Publishing, 2012 (with R. Bedford).

  • Diverse Nations, Diverse Responses. Approaches to Social Cohesion in Immigrant Societies. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012 (edited with E. Tolley).

  • “Utilising a demand-led approach in a local labour market.” Local Economy 23:1 (2008): 19–30.

  • “Responding to regional labour demand: International migration and labour markets in New Zealand.” Journal of International Migration and Integration 9:2 (2008): 203–223 (with R. Bedford).

  • Recalling Aotearoa. Indigenous Politics and Ethnic Relations in New Zealand. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1999/2002 (with A. Fleras).