Diana is experienced in economic research and analysis. A core focus has been on labour markets that deliver security, well-being and equitable outcomes.
Prior to coming to BERL in 2023, Diana’s research had a strong focus on labour markets, housing, welfare, and economic equality. She co-authored Alternative Economic Strategy for New Zealand, platforming the voices of working people alongside current economic challenges and policy recommendations. She also co-authored the Inflation and Incomes Act, which provides a plan for governments to address long-term inflation while increasing the disposable incomes of working people. She has led research and policy development on the future of work for women in Aotearoa and developed a framework for “good work” as part of a tripartite working group.
Diana’s Master’s thesis used Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) to investigate a natural experiment created by a 2018 policy change to student loan living costs, student allowance, and accommodation benefits, and to estimate whether this policy impacted rents. She also developed a Minimum Wage to Housing Index, which looks at how many hours a minimum wage worker must work in order to meet median and lower quantile rents in New Zealand.
Experience using statistical analysis software including SAS and Stata and experience with the IDI
Data gathering, analysis, interpretation, and cost-benefit analysis
Research design and implementation, using integrative (qualitative and quantitative) research methodologies
Stakeholder engagement and consultation, facilitating workshops across New Zealand
Presenting economic research to public audiences and government ministers
Policy development, including a strong understanding of the regulatory and legislative machinery of Government
A background in communication, journalism, publishing, and graphic design provides a unique ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences.
In her spare time, Diana enjoys volunteering her graphic design skills, doing DIY renovations around the house, and getting out in nature for some exercise.