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Kirsten Newitt

KirstenAssociate Director

Kirsten has been working for Ergon since 2008. In this time, she has delivered projects on labour and gender for international organisations, multi-stakeholder initiatives and large companies (including IFC, EBRD, ILO, World Bank, European Commission, IDH and Better Work). Her work encompasses research and advisory services, in-country technical cooperation and workplace assessments.

She has worked in diverse geographical and political contexts, including Kazakhstan, Zambia, Ukraine, China, India, Chile, Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

As a qualified lawyer, Kirsten has a strong understanding of labour laws and industrial relations and has provided advice on legal frameworks in over 40 countries.

Her interests include:

  • - The intersection between gender, labour and development, with a particular focus on enterprise-level approaches to promoting better employment outcomes for women (and men)
  • - The benefits of decent work, freedom of association and social dialogue for economic and social development
  • - Comparative labour law and industrial relations.

In 2009, Kirsten spent a two month sabbatical working for the ILO’s Declaration programme in Geneva. Prior to working at Ergon, she provided research and policy advice on employment and OHS matters to government agencies in Australia and worked as a solicitor in a commercial firm. Kirsten has also lived in Fiji, where she worked in 2006-7 as an advisor to the Ministry of Labour on OHS and labour law reforms.

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Research projects

Assessing the impact of codes of conduct

Ergon was commissioned by the World Bank to research and write a background paper for the World Development Report 2013 on the impact of codes of conduct and other private voluntary initiatives. Click here for more information

How does freedom of association contribute to development?

Ergon was commissioned by the ILO to produce a study looking at how freedom of association fosters and supports economic and social development. The report analyses the key factors and includes detailed case studies from around the world. Click here for more information

Understanding wage structures and levels in agricultural sectors

Ergon benchmarked wage structures and levels on tea estates in Malawi, Indonesia and India (Assam), via wage development of wage ladders and stakeholder surveys and site-level research. Wage ladders measure actual wages against national and international benchmarks. Click here for more information

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