Dr Gemma L Piercy-Cameron

Qualifications: PhD BSocSc(Hons) MSocSc PGCertTT Waikato

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About Gemma

I am the undergraduate advisor for Sociology and Social Policy.

I am also a lecturer primarily based in Tauranga with teaching and supervisory responsibilities in Hamilton as well, as such I can be found on either campus depending on the day. My contact details on each campus are as follows:

Tauranga: Office: TCBD.4.02  Phone ext. 3584
Hamilton: Office: K.2.03A Phone ext. 3584


Adult Education; Globalisation; Indigenous Education; Lifelong Learning; Organisational Learning; Pedagogy; Social Movements; Social Policy; Social Sciences and Education; Teaching and Learning; Tertiary Education; Work Experience-Based Learning; Youth

Employment relations
Industry Training

Research Interests

I am a qualitative researcher interested in policy analysis, the use of interviews in gathering empirical information and auto-ethnography.  My research interests include: employment relations and tertiary/adult education and training, the changing nature of work, work identities and craft. As a labour studies and adult education trained academic I have investigated apprenticeship systems in New Zealand, Australia and Britain. I am currently working on a range of projects that traverse the macro level concept of skill formation and at the micro level workplace learning. My PhD research, completed in 2018, united my research interests on identity, the changing nature of work (economy and society) and craft through an investigation into the work identit(ies) of baristas as a case study of interactive service sector work.

Recent Publications

  • Piercy, G., Cochrane, B., & Law, M. (2022). A long view from the left: from the CPA to the ALP, a lifetime of fighting for Australian workers’ rights. Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work, 1-4. doi:10.1080/10301763.2022.2034277

  • Maloney, K., Yeung, P., & Piercy-Cameron, G. (2021). Ageing and retirement in Aotearoa New Zealand. In G. Hassall, & G. Karacaoglu (Eds.), Social Policy Practice and Processes in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 410-426). Massey Texts.

  • Piercy-Cameron, G., East, D., & Cochrane, B. (2021). Welfare: Income levels and distribution. In G. Hassall, & G. Karacaoglu (Eds.), Social Policy Practice and Processes in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 323-348). Massey Texts.

  • Piercy-Cameron, G. (2021). Charismatic Breadwinner Killer: Gender Power Relations in Charlie Says (2018). In K. Barrett (Ed.), ReFocus: The Films of Mary Harron. Edinburgh University Press.

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Papers Taught


I am currently:

First supervisor on Sebastian Degenkolb PhD panel (to be confirmed).

Second supervisor on Chelsea Summers PhD panel (confirmed candidate).

Sole supervisor for:

A 30pt directed study in Sociology focusing on the informal resistance strategies of hospitality workers. This is due to be completed in 2021.

A 90pt Masters in Social Policy focusing on the shift of Legal Executive education to a fully online teaching experience and the perceptions of graduates and employers in terms of the skill acquisition and application in the workplace. This is due to be completed in 2021.

I have supervised the following projects:

East, Dayna "Insecure here, precarious there? Workfare-style welfare provision in the age of precarious employment in Aotearoa New Zealand" 120pts (University of Waikato, 2020)

Chian Yow, Kwek (Yoyo) "I want to be employable!  Constructions of employability from university students and recent graduates in New Zealand" Masters thesis 90pts (University of Waikato, 2018) (second supervisor)

Waller, Arianna Leigh “Mana Ora Kainga Rua: Experiences of Kura Kaupapa Māori Graduates” Masters Thesis 120pts (University of Waikato, 2016)

Korach, Haydn Clyde “Strengths and limitations of early career mentoring schemes: Case Study, the New Zealand Police Field Training Officer programme” Masters Thesis 120pts (University of Waikato, 2015)

Burgess, Michael "Failure to comply, a barista's tale of defiance" Honours Dissertation 30pts (University of Waikato, 2018)

Burton, Hannah “Hospo’ Waitressing: More than just carrying plates” Honours Dissertation 30 pts (University of Waikato, 2012)

Ranchodbhai, Tejal “What are the gender issues women face in relation to work and what are some possible solutions towards creating gender equality?” Honours Dissertation 30 pts (University of Waikato, 2012)

Whitham, Michael Philip “"It's about community" - Finding Local Solutions to Local Problems: Exploring Responses to the Social Problem of Youth Unemployment” Masters Thesis 120pts (University of Waikato, 2012)

Whitham, Michael Philip “CUP-PLE of reasons for University: Motivations for high school students entering University without UE” Honours Dissertation 30 pts (University of Waikato, 2011)

Wu, Yuanyuan “Women's experiences of higher education in New Zealand: Comparing the perspectives of New Zealand and Chinese women” Masters Thesis 120pts (University of Waikato, 2012)

I have also supervised undergraduate projects the most recent focusing on perceptions and experiences of depression in the workplace.

I have also supervised a number of work placements.

Bailey, Chantelle The Order of St John HSW Placement SOCPY390 (University of Waikato, 2018)

Kennedy, Emma Waikato DHB HR Placement FASS296 (University of Waikato, 2017)

McDonald, Ella Tompkins Wake HR Placement FASS396 (University of Waikato, 2017)

Samuels, Zenia Accor Group Hotel HR Placement FASS296 (University of Waikato, 2016)

Garratt, Hannah Name withheld HR Placement FASS396 (University of Waikato, 2016)

McNicol, Caroline New Zealand Nurses Union Placement FASS396 (University of Waikato, 2016)

Gardiner, Emma LIC HR Work Placement FASS396 (University of Waikato, 2012)

Bartlett, Christine NZITO HR Work Placement FASS396 (University of Waikato, 2012)

Fitzell, Rose Anglican Action Work Placement SOCP389 (University of Waikato, 2009)

Fisher, Kylie Methodist City Action Work Placement SOCP389 (University of Waikato, 2009)