Rose has worked in the public sector and in universities over the past three decades to explore a range of topics relating to the world of work.
These have included employment equity, workplace reform, precarious employment, human resource management and employee engagement practices and trends related to women in the labour market. Over the last few years her research interests have centred on issues related to the future of work – including how technology is changing the world of work, its impact on job quality, and how good jobs are distributed across the economy.
After completing a Masters degree at the University of Auckland, Rose began her academic career at the Industrial Relations Centre, Victoria University of Wellington in 1991, where she worked until 1998. During this time she completed her PhD, looking at employment and human resource practices in the hospitality sector. Over the next twenty-five years, she was involved with a number of workplace-related research projects, many of which were related to current policy issues. From 2013-2018 she worked at the Workplace Relations Centre at the University of Sydney, and the Centre for Business and Social Innovation at the University of Technology, Sydney, doing both research and teaching. She returned to NZ at the end of this time to take up a position at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.