Historical Research Unit

Director: Dr James Beattie

The Historical Research Unit aims to facilitate and promote historical research in a range of areas across the university and beyond. It both provides a supportive environment for the development of research capabilities in historical research, and highlights historical research at the University of Waikato by identifying several strong areas of research expertise, both locally and internationally. These include historical biography, environmental history, health history, Māori and iwi history, oral history, intellectual history, as well as local and regional histories, and approaches to historical theory and method. The Unit will also offer some advice on commissioned public history research projects, where these relate to areas of staff expertise. It will provide some professional advice on how to plan historical and other heritage-related projects. The Unit has the capacity to bring together a range of professionals, including historians, heritage consultants, archaeologists, architects, planners, editors, artists, designers and publishers, to work on special project needs. The Unit is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The major research themes of the unit are as follows:
historical biography, environmental & garden history, health history, Māori & iwi history, oral history, intellectual history, local & regional history, theory & method