Associate Professor Christina Anne Stringer
DPhil, MSc and BSc.
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.
This research, in turn, led to research undertaken on behalf of the Human Trafficking Research Coalition (comprising Stand Against Slavery, Hagar New Zealand, Préscha Initiative, ECPAT NZ) and the release of the ‘Worker Exploitation in New Zealand: A Troubling Landscape’ report in 2016.
Most recently in 2019, Christina completed research with Professor Francis Collins (University of Waikato) into the exploitation of temporary migrant workers in New Zealand, and with Professor Snejina Michailova research into exploitation in the jurisdictions New Zealand compares itself to (Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom). This research fed into the extensive review undertaken by New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), into migrant worker exploitation in New Zealand. The reports are available at: https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/7109-temporary-migrant-worker-exploitation-in-new-zealand; https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/7110-understanding-the-exploitation-of-temporary-migrant-workers-a-comparison-of-australia-canada-new-zealand-and-the-united-kingdom; https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/7111-addressing-the-exploitation-of-temporary-migrant-workers-developments-in-australia-canada-and-the-united-kingdom
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 research on migrant worker exploitation and modern slavery. Her other reseacrch interests on centred on 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
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|
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
Global value chain/global production network analysis
Agro-food and forestry
Asian development processes
Member, Modern Slavery and Labour Exploitation Advisory Group
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Ge, G. L., Stringer, C., & Ding, D. Z. (2017). Chinese FDI in New Zealand: What are Chinese investors looking for?. Thunderbird International Business Review, 59 (3), 385-399. 10.1002/tie.21871
- Stringer, C. (2016). Worker exploitation in New Zealand: A troubling landscape. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.
- 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., 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: Economy and Space, 48 (10), 1910-1927. 10.1177/0308518X16652397
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nigel Haworth
- 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
- 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 and Change, 19 (4), 317-335. 10.1177/1024529415581972
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Maureen Benson-Rea, Nigel Haworth
- Stringer, C., & Simmons, G. (2015). Stepping Through the Looking Glass. Journal of Management Inquiry, 24 (3), 253-263. 10.1177/1056492614561228