Associate Professor Pii-Tuulia Nikula

Principal Academic - Hawke's Bay


06 830 1270

Areas of Teaching

Sustainable organisations, global strategies in business, research methods, international markets


PhD (Politics and International Relations) (University of Auckland, 2016); Master of Social Sciences) (University of Helsinki, 2004); NZCertAdT&T (Open Polytechnic, 2018)



Pii-Tuulia is an internationally recognised researcher and innovative educator with extensive industry, teaching and research experience in the fields of management, policy, sustainability and higher education. Pii-Tuulia teaches courses in sustainable organisations, global strategies and research methods and supervises under- and postgraduate level students. She also has extensive experience in course and curriculum design and programme and course coordination roles. Before her academic career, Pii-Tuulia worked as an entrepreneur and held different leadership roles within the international student recruitment sector. Pii-Tuulia is a co-founder of Climate Action Network for International Educators (

Courses Taught

  • Sustainable organisations
  • Global strategies in business
  • Academic inquiry
  • Applied research methods
  • Research methods
  • Supervision (under- and postgraduate)

Research Areas

  • Education agents in international student recruitment
  • Organisational sustainability and climate mitigation
  • Higher education funding and inequalities
  • International student acculturation
  • Innovative technology in teaching

Current Research

Pii-Tuulia’s current research interests include international education policy and management and organisational decarbonisation/climate action. She has published in national and international journals, including leading academic journals within her field. She has also co-edited two books, Sustainability in Education Abroad and Student Recruitment Agents in International Higher Education. Pii-Tuulia has received funding, acknowledgment and awards for her research work, such as the EIT Research Excellence Award in 2019. Her expertise in the fields of international education management/policy and climate mitigation is recognised globally which has resulted in regular invitations to speak at academic and professional events and my research being featured in both New Zealand and overseas media multiple times. Pii-Tuulia is the Chair of the School of Business and School of Computing Research Committee and serves as an editorial board member for Higher Education Quarterly and as an associate editor for Higher Education Research and Development. She is a member of CANIE’s academic advisory board.

Research Outputs

For Pii-Tuulia’s pre-2017 research outputs please see

Research outputs 2022

Research outputs 2021

Research outputs 2020

Research Outputs 2019

Research Outputs 2018

Research Outputs 2017