Kate Kearins

Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor, AUT Business, Economics & Law Faculty

My background is in teaching and research in business and sustainability. Sustainability requires thinking differently to come up with both pragmatic and creative solutions to difficult problems and entrenched ways of doing things. It also requires collaboration between diverse people, business units, or other parts of a greater whole, and rests on principles of equity, equality and futurity.

At AUT’s Business, Economics and Law Faculty, I’ve focused on building a leadership team that is more representative and more diverse, and can speak to and better serve our widely diverse body of staff and students. I’ve actively championed generational change among our leaders, and promoted joined-up ways of working and a climate of greater participation.

To encourage the unique contributions of staff with different talents and insights, and to support a culture of mutual achievement and fulfilment, we are all working to embed the AUT values tika, pono, me aroha (integrity, respect and compassion) into our behaviours.