Massey University, New Zealand, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand, and IZA, Germany
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
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
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).
Superdiversity, social cohesion, and economic benefits
Superdiversity can result in real economic benefits—but it also raises concerns about social cohesionPaul Spoonley, May 2014Empirical studies have found that achieving superdiversity—a substantial increase in the scale and scope of minority ethnic and immigrant groups in a region—can provide certain economic benefits, such as higher levels of worker productivity and innovation. Superdiversity can also provide a boost to local demand for goods and services. Other studies have found that these benefits can be compromised by political and populist anxieties about ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity.MoreLess