Associate Professor Christina Anne Stringer

DPhil, MSc and BSc.

Biography

Christina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business.

In 2008, she undertook a project for New Zealand’s Ministry of Fisheries (now Ministry of Primary Industries) which looked at the extent that New Zealand caught fish was being processed in China and exported to key markets. This project led in 2010, to Christina and colleagues investigating the use of forced labour on board New Zealand foreign chartered fishing vessels. This research, in turn, led to a Ministerial Inquiry, a major shift in government policy, and the enactment of a law requiring all foreign charter vessels to be reflagged to New Zealand by 1 May 2016.  

In 2012, Christina and her two co-researchers (Dr Glenn Simmons and Professor Hugh Whittaker) received the Dean's Award: a special award recognising the impact of research concerned with human rights issues on-board foreign charter vessels fishing in New Zealand's waters. In 2017, the fisheries team (Dr Glenn Simmons, Professor Hugh Whittaker, Associate Professor Christina Stringer, Associate Professor Manuka Henare and Professor Nigel Haworth) received a Research Excellence Award for Strategic Impact in Research.

Currently Christina is researching worker exploitation in New Zealand.  Her report "Worker Exploitation in New Zealand: A Troubling Landscape" is available at www.workerexploitation.co.nz.

 

 

Research | Current

Current research in the related areas of
Forced labour and human trafficking in the fishing industry

Exploring migrant worker exploitation in New Zealand - forced labour, human trafficking and labour chains

Upgrading in the apparel industry


Areas of Research
Christina specialises in international business (in particular Asia and Latin America). She has undertaken extensive research into New Zealand’s primary industries including fisheries, dairy and forestry with a particular focus on Asia.

 

Teaching | Current

Teaching Interests
Currently Christina teaches in the following courses:

2017 INTBUS 300 Firms across Frontiers
2017 GLMI 704 Challenges of Globalisation
2017 INTBUS 306 Regional and Global Business

 

Distinctions/Honours

Business School Research Excellence Award 2017.

Research Excellence Award for Strategic Impact in Research awarded to the fisheries team (Dr Glenn Simmons, Professor Hugh Whittaker, Associate Professor Christina Stringer, Associate Professor Manuka Henare and Professor Nigel Haworth) 

Business School Research Excellence Award 2012.

Dean’s Award "in special recognition of research that has impact in the wider research sphere including student and academic staff collaborations" (with Glenn Simmons and Professor Hugh Whittaker).

Areas of expertise

Forced labour and human trafficking
Labour chains
Global value chain/global production network analysis
Fishing industry
Agro-food and forestry
Asian development processes
 

 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member, New Zealand Government Consultative Group on Trafficking in Persons

Member, INTERPOL Specialist Group on Trafficking in Human Beings

Member, Asia Pacific Migrant Recruitment Research Network 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Stringer, C. (2016). Worker exploitation in New Zealand: A troubling landscape. Auckland: University of Auckland. Related URL.
  • Stringer, C., Hughes, S., Whittaker, D. H., Haworth, N., & Simmons, G. (2016). Labour standards and regulation in global value chains: The case of the New Zealand Fishing Industry. Environment and Planning A, 48 (10), 1910-1927. 10.1177/0308518X16652397
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Glenn Simmons, Nigel Haworth
  • Ge, G. L., Stringer, C., & Ding, D. Z. (2016). Chinese FDI in New Zealand: What Are Chinese Investors Looking For?. Thunderbird International Business Review10.1002/tie.21871
  • Chantavanich, S., Laodumrongchai, S., & Stringer, C. (2016). Under the shadow: Forced labour among sea fishers in Thailand. Marine Policy, 68, 1-7. 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.12.015
  • Stringer, C., Whittaker, D. H., & Simmons, G. (2016). New Zealand's turbulent waters: The use of forced labour in the fishing industry. Global Networks, 16 (1), 3-24. 10.1111/glob.12077
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Glenn Simmons
  • Hamilton-Hart, N., & Stringer, C. (2016). Upgrading and exploitation in the fishing industry: Contributions of value chain analysis. Marine Policy, 63, 166-171. 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.03.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Natasha Hamilton-Hart
  • Khattak, A., Stringer, C., Benson-Rea, M., & Haworth, N. (2015). Environmental upgrading of apparel firms in global value chains: Evidence from Sri Lanka. Competition & Change, 19 (4), 317-335. 10.1177/1024529415581972
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Maureen Benson-Rea
  • Stringer, C., & Simmons, G. (2015). Stepping Through the Looking Glass: Researching Slavery in New Zealand's Fishing Industry. Journal of Management Inquiry, 24 (3), 253-263. 10.1177/1056492614561228
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28680
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Glenn Simmons

Contact details

Primary location

OWEN G GLENN BUILDING - Bldg 260
Level 4, Room 4126
12 GRAFTON RD
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand