Rochelle-Lee Bailey

Dr Rochelle-Lee Bailey

Research Fellow, Director of Studies - DPA


BA, BA Hons (University of Canterbury, NZ), MA (University of Canterbury, NZ), PhD (University of Otago, NZ)

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Rochelle Bailey is a Research Fellow with the Department of Pacific Affairs, at The Australian National University. She is a political anthropologist who has conducted ethnographical fieldwork in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Vanuatu. Her research investigates economic, cultural, political and social outcomes of Pacific labour mobility in New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE) 2007-2023 and Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (2012-2023). She is currently engaged in a longitudinal study of labour mobility impacts of the RSE, alongside research on SWP. Her research interests are the Pacific region, labour mobility, culture, society, politics, health and wellbeing, migration, economics and development.

New Research Report – New Zealand’s Recognised Employer Scheme (RSE): 10 Year Longitudinal Case Study

A new research report, authored by Dr Rochelle Bailey, is now available.

Pacific Seasonal worker. Image: DFAT Flickr

Migration and Labour Mobility

The Pacific migration project focuses on various types or temporary and permanent migration. All projects have a focus on economic, cultural, political and social impacts.


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