Dr Kearins is Professor at Auckland University of Technology.
Kate began her career teaching in catholic primary schools in New Zealand and has twice spent time teaching at tertiary level in France. With masters degrees in French and in Management, her PhD loosely combines the two disciplines. In 2003, she took up the position as Professor of Management at AUT, and has had roles as Head of the Management Department, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, Associate Dean Research, and Deputy Dean. In July 2017, Kate was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.
Research interests include both a critique of current business efforts toward sustainability and a celebration of what is possible. Kate has written a series of papers on business education for sustainability. Kate’s service record includes terms on the Marsden Social Sciences Panel, the Fulbright Awards Panel and the Business and Economics Panel for the 2012 PBRF assessment and the PBRF Sector Reference Group from 2014-2016. She sat on the Board of Governors for the US-based Academy of Management from 2011-2014 and was President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management in 2016. Kate writes a column ‘Managing for a Better World’ for Management magazine.