News and Media Reports

Breaking the silence on aid workers salaries - ESRC press release 18/05/2011
A new international Task Force has been set up to promote 'a fair day's work for a fair day's pay' for workers and to develop organisational capacity in lower income countries. ....

Massey psychologist awarded for fair pay research - Massey News 17/05/2011
Research challenging aid agencies to change the time-honoured practice of paying workers differently depending on where they are from has earned a Massey University psychologist an international award.

Fairly Paid Aid - Society Now, Summer 2010 Issue 7, p 16, ESRC
Unfair pay practices for aid workers are challenged by ESRC/DFID research, leading to a new global task force promoting equity in organisations. ESCR_Impacts_Society-Now_Summer-2010.pdf (86 KB)

The Aid Triangle - Radio New Zealand : Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw
The concept of international aid is one of the great symbols of humanitarianism, but it has always been controversial. Stuart Carr, professor of psychology at Massey University, is the co-author of a new book about the dilemmas thrown up by international aid programmes. He's also conducted research on the disparities between expat aid workers and their local counterparts. (duration: 18′13″) MP3

Aihi, D. (2009, May 6). PNG joins 5 nations in study of work issues. The National, PNG.

Workshop on “Are development discrepancies undermining performance” - ISID Newsletter May-August 2009

Study looks into barriers affecting work performance University News (University of Papua New Guinea).  PNG_Uni_News_May_2009.pdf (759 KB)

Wood, M. (October 2007). How to give: Organisational psychology and aid work. Massey Research, 4, 25-27.
Organisational psychologist Professor Stuart Carr is about to address the “elephant in the room” of international aid: the discrepancy in pay between the expatriate and host-country aid worker and the damage this does. Massey_Research_Oct07_Carr.pdf (223 KB)

Psychologists join forces to reduce poverty - Massey News 09/07/2009
Psychologists commonly help individuals cope with personal and emotional problems. But they can also use their understanding of human behaviour altruistically to address humanitarian issues and the economic inequities underlying them, says Massey organisational psychology Professor Stuart Carr.

Professor Carr, at the University's School of Psychology in Albany, is co-leading a task force of 20 top-level industrial and organisational psychologists from high and low economies around the world to reduce poverty in developing countries. He has just returned from Britain, where he co-convened the inaugural meeting of the Global Task Force on Humanitarian Work Psychology at University College London. The task force grew from Professor Carr's his Poverty Research Group at Massey's Albany campus..................

Psychologist leads global task force to tackle poverty - Massey News 22/09/2008
Psychologists throughout the world have responded to an initiative by a Massey academic who wants organisational psychologists to do more to combat poverty.

Professor Stuart Carr, based at the School of Psychology in Ă…uckland, launched a global task force earlier this year to encourage organisational psychologists worldwide to become involved in a United Nations lobby group. One of the UN's millennium development goals is to halve human poverty by 2015.....

Better Practices for Foreign Aid - Massey News 13 August 2007 Issue 11–
Ishbel McWha was so impressed with the work of organisational psychologist Professor Stuart Carr that she returned from the front line of aid work in Cambodia to work for him and the Poverty Research Group in the University’s School of Psychology.

Professor Carr is now six months into an international project that is expected to lead to better practices in the complex world of foreign aid and the thousands who work in this field – from the poorest of local people to highly paid ex-pats. The project is called ADD-UP (Are Development Discrepancies Undermining Performance).

He has played a leading role in bringing together a team of psychologists and sociologists from 10 countries to examine the human dynamics of aid salary discrepancies and the significance of these big differences in income levels, to the outcome of projects in poor countries. ...........

International Aid Under Scrutiny - Massey News 21 January 2006
The structure of international aid projects is about to come under the scrutiny of Massey University organisational psychologist, Professor Stuart Carr.

Professor Carr, from the School of Psychology, will investigate the issues that he says are a consequence of the big gap in salaries paid to international aid workers and the locals they work alongside. His research project on aid salary discrepancies will be funded by a grant from the British based Department for International Development in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Council. .........

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