Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

As stated in the constitution, the NZAE aims to promote collaboration among economists in Aotearoa New Zealand, encourage publications, disseminate information about research projects, promote the profession of economics within Aotearoa New Zealand, and foster the understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand economic problems in all sections of community.

Membership to NZAE is open to all persons involved or interested in economics. We expect professional conduct and intellectual and professional integrity, e.g. honesty and care, from all members. We expect our members to be proactive 4in helping to foster diversity and support inclusion.

NZAE is committed to the freedom of economic discussion and is led by the value of kotahitanga (drawing strength from diversity) and manaakitanga (honouring and respecting others). We endeavour to create an environment in which everybody can freely participate and contribute. This professional environment will ensure that everybody has equal opportunity and receives a fair treatment regardless of age, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, health condition, marital or parental status, or personal connections.

It is our shared responsibility to foster participation and advancement in our profession by individuals from all backgrounds. This includes especially individuals from underrepresented groups.

We strive to promote these principles through the way we lead as well as our activities. Further, we have decided on the following action points:

  • Foster diversity and aim for a fair representation in all NZAE committees, including NZEP and AI as well as judging panels for awards and prizes given by the NZAE;
  • Write a report on diversity in academia in NZ; and
  • Explore possibilities to support members of underrepresented groups to pursue economics.