Fiona Stokes


Senior Economist

  • MA (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons)
  • BSc


Fiona has practical research skills such as interviewing and surveying, along with data management and analytical skills.  Her area of interest at BERL is education and training, skills and human capital, and the labour market.  This is what drew Fiona to work for BERL in 2007.


Previously she worked for Careers New Zealand, where she researched the labour market, and occupation and industry information for the Careers website and various publications.


She has worked extensively with tertiary education providers, industry training organisations, professional bodies and associations, and employers.  These projects have focused on skill requirements, labour market demand and supply, and labour force participation.


More recently, Fiona has undertaken a number of projects on the Māori economy for Te Puni Kōkiri, Crown Forestry Rental Trust, and Te Tumu Paeroa.  She has also undertaken research and provided strategic advice for large Māori incorporations and ahu whenua trusts, iwi entities, rūnanga, and hapū.


In terms of research interests, Fiona is building her expertise in the areas of agglomeration and land use.  She is particularly interested in the movement of people between where they live and work and how these decisions can be shaped and influenced by planes, trains, the provision of active modes, creative and innovative urban planning, and transport corridors.


Outside of work hours Fiona likes to spend her time outdoors – running, tramping or skiing – and is an avid traveller, reader and movie-goer.  She thinks she is a good gardener and cook, but her family know otherwise.