Profile of Dr. Robin Hill

Dr. Robin Hill was born in New Plymouth. He has a PhD in organisational psychology - in particular applications of Personal Construct Psychology to workplace problems. Robin was a lecturer in Psychology at Massey University for three years before moving to New Plymouth where he completed his PhD in 1990 while working as a Human Resource/Personnel Manager. After completing his doctorate, in 1992 Robin and family shifted to Hamilton, New Zealand, where Robin had secured employment at The Waikato Polytechnic (now called the Waikato Institute of Technology - orWintec for short). At Wintec Robin contributed to the Bachelor of Business Degreeprogamme in two ways. Fifty percent of Robin's position saw him in the role of Research Leader for the School of Business. In this role he assisted other academic staff with their research endeavours. The other fifty percent of Robin's role involved teaching on the degree programme. In particular he taught Stage 2 and 3Organisational Behaviour, Stage 3 Career Development, Stage 2 Business Research Methods and was the examiner of the senior student Directed Research Project. Robin worked at Wintec until June 2008.


Since July 2008 Robin has held a variety of different contract positions at theUniversity of Waikato. His initial work there was with the newly established WaikatoPathways College teaching introduction level Psychology to pre-degree Foundation and Bridging students. Over the past few years he has also taught part-time as a contract lecturer/Senior teacher in two adult education courses, Organisational behaviourHuman Resource Management, Business Research Methods and one semester as a tutor/workshop facilitator in Strategic Management.

In 2012 Robin completed a two month assignment at Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) in Hangzhou, China where he lectured in Organisational Behaviour and Business Writing on the University of Waikato and ZUCC joint international programme.

Robin began school at Urenui Primary school in North Taranaki, before moving to New Plymouth where he attended Vogeltown School then Highlands Intermediate. He gained his secondary schooling at New Plymouth Boys' High School where he wasrecognised as a promising Fine Artist. When just 14 years of age, and again when aged 15, Robin was selected as one of 25 promising young New Zealand artists to attend the National Bank Art Workshops. At the first of these Robin worked for four days under the direct supervision of one of New Zealand’s most famous painters – Colin McCahon.

After leaving school Robin lived in Christchurch for three years where he attended Fine Arts School at the University of Canterbury. During these years Robin was also a serious sprinter. Following Art School, Robin spent 10 months working in a bank, in his home town, where he met Denise. He decided that banking was not the career for him, and enrolled at Massey University, Palmerston North, where he studied psychology and anthropology and gained a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) with First Class Honours in psychology. At that point he joined the staff of the psychology department, became a Registered Psychologist and commenced a PhD.

Robin's self-acknowledged special strength is mentoring, supervising and nurturing inexperienced researchers through their research and scholarship projects. Robin has been actively seeking employment at a university where this strength would be betterutilised with postgraduate thesis and dissertation students and where his research interests would be better served.

Apart from a special interest in the workplace application of Personal Construct Psychology, Robin's other main research interests lie in the area of psychological wellbeing at work. This incorporates a portfolio of research themes including: emotionally toxic work places, dehumanisation - rehumanisation of work, work stress, quality-of-work-life, meaning and meaningfulness of work, the study of power and domination, workplace bullying,  sustainability of the human condition at work and concepts such as trust. In 2004 Robin and a colleague, Maree Roche, founded theHamilton based Workplace Wellbeing Network and Seminar Series which, after about three years of activity went into abeyance.

Methodologically Robin’s practice and research is heavily grounded in Personal Construct Psychology. Additionally, however, his practice has leanings towards Radical Organisational Theory, Critical Social Psychology, Social Constructionism and Discourse Analysis. Robin is in the early stages of this research interest.


Robin is married to Denise and has three children aged from early thirties to early twenties – Nicola, Mike and Tam. We also have two grandsons. Blake, born 2007 and Corey born in 2011.


The family put Robin under pressure to begin painting again after a lapse of over two decades. The older children did this by first, Nicola, demanding an original artwork from Robin as her wedding present in January 2004.  Mike followed with the same demand for his 21st birthday present. At the beginning of 2007 Mike went flatting and Robin converted his large basement bedroom into a studio. This enabled Robin to complete about a dozen paintings and on June 27, 2008 he had his first exhibition of paintings for over 20 years at the Sandz Gallery in Hamilton.