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Prof Stuart Carr


School of Psychology

Stuart is known for applying organisational psychology, with inter-related disciplines, to poverty reduction. His research ‘breaks through’ into world-class applied journals, the OECD’s “Policy Insights” and UNESCO’s “Higher Education Policy.” His books include Psychology of aid, Psychology and the developing world, Globalization and culture at work, Poverty and psychology, The Aid triangle, and The Psychology of Global Mobility. He contributed the chapter on Psychology applied to poverty in the International Association of Applied Psychology’s “Handbook of Applied Psychology.” His recent international grant awards include leading Project ADDUP, which researched dual salary systems in aid and was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (now UK Aid) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Stuart convenes a Global Task Force on Humanitarian Work Psychology, a White Papers Policy series for his profession globally, and the first Global Special Issue on Psychology and Poverty Reduction, involving twelve major international journals. He also co-edits the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, which focuses on development issues, and is Associate Editor for the Journal of Managerial Psychology, which has a focus on social innovation and change

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Contact details

  • Ph: x43108
    Location: 3.27, North Shore Library Building, Albany Village
    Campus: Albany

Research Expertise

Research Interests

The organizational psychology of poverty reduction and eradication. This includes the psychology of Living Wages, global local and regional Talent Flow, and Fairer Trade: When how and why can they, and do they boost capability, capacity, & productivity?  The psychology if Inclusive Business, which includes enabling market access in low-income communities, scaling up micro and small to medium enterprises into the formal sector in low wage economies, to enable job growth, and building social responsiblity into global supply chains so that primary producers and lower-skilled workers earn decent prices and liveable wages.


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000):
Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107):
Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (159900):
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Not Specified 0 1
Project Leader 1 6

Current Projects

Project Title: Living Wages: Transforming lives, transforming work?

Date Range: 2018 - 2021

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Completed Projects

Project Title: Aid salary discrepancies and development

Date Range: 2007 - 2010

Funding Body: Economic & Social Research Council

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 4
Co-supervisor 3 5

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Michael Esop - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring the links between working conditions and living-working wage, and personal, social and work outcomes among disciplinary forces in Papua New Guinea.
  • Minh Hieu Nguyen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Why do some Social enterprises flourish in Vietnam? A comparison of pivotal social entrepreneurs and eco-system factors.

Co-supervisor of:

  • Emeline Afeaki - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Quality of Living Wage amongst our Pacific Diaspora.
  • Steven Langdon - Doctor of Philosophy
    An investigation into organizational citizenship behaviours in Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Virginia Adams - Doctor of Philosophy
    Can the Extractive Industries Contribute to Sustainable Socio-Economic Futures for their Female Off-shore Employees in the Asia-Pacific?

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2011 - Sarah McWha - Doctor of Philosophy
    What's in a Name? Job categorisation, relationship-building, and work motivation in aid organisations.
  • 2010 - Karin Menon - Doctor of Philosophy
    Sense of identity among Samoan migrant women at work and living in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • 2009 - Sharyn Kennedy - Doctor of Philosophy
    Suppressing stereotypes of the poor: Rebound effects can be positive (as well as negative)
  • 2008 - Andrea Polzer-Debruyne - Doctor of Philosophy
    Psychological and Workplace attributes that Influence personal web use (PWU).

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Moh Hakim - Doctor of Philosophy
    The socio-psychological aspects of the personalization of politics: Examining the process, conditional factors, and implications of parasocial relationships with political figures
  • 2014 - Kara-Lise Duxfield - Doctor of Clinical Psychology
    Acculturation Trajectories and Quality of Life in South African Immigrants Living in New Zealand
  • 2012 - Heather Taylor - Doctor of Philosophy
    Children's Experiences of Flooding in Surakarta, Indonesia
  • 2011 - Jonathan Sibley - Doctor of Philosophy
    The relationship between financial capability, financial competence and household economic wellbeing in rural Fijian households in Naitisiri Province, Fiji
  • 2009 - Kaye Thorn - Doctor of Philosophy
    Flight of the Kiwi: An exploration of motives and behaviours of self-initiated mobility

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