Labour Markets for Sustainable Economic Development

This NZIPR project analyses labour markets and the skills needed to underpin sustainable economic development, exploring barriers to labour migration and other concerns linked to labour markets—such as targeted skills training, regulatory and other market mechanisms.

Project Leader

Yvonne Underhill-Sem

Yvonne Underhill-Sem is Associate Professor in Development Studies at the University of Auckland.

She has a PhD in Human Geography from Waikato University in development geography of the Pacific. She has taught at the University of Papua New Guinea and Australian National University and worked as a development expert at the Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Secretariat.

She has been teaching at the University of Auckland since 2004, specialising in gender and development and contemporary theories of development. From 2007 to 2014, she was Director of the Postgraduate Centre for Development Studies at Auckland. In 2011, she was Fulbright Scholar based at the City University of New York and in 2015 a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in The Hague.

Her broad areas of expertise are gender and development; political ecology; population geography; Pacific development. Her current research includes flowers and floriculture; maternities; marketplaces; labour mobility, and climate change.

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Labour Markets, Labour Mobility and Policy Options in the Pacific: a critical development debate

19 October 2017


 Full article

Labour mobility in the Pacific: A systematic literature review of development impacts

This report undertakes a systematic literature review to examine the state of present knowledge  of key labour programmes such as the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme in New Zealand and the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme.

The report asks:

  1. What is known about the development effects (impacts, outcomes, cost-effectiveness – directly and indirectly on different stakeholders) of the RSE and the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) schemes in the Pacific since 2007?
  2. What is known about how the RSE scheme contributes to wider development aspirations of Pacific countries?
  3. What are the main gaps in the evidence on effects and on the wider development aspirations?
Report: Labour Mobility in the Pacific

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