The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) takes a collaborative, systems-level approach to environmental research to develop insights and expertise related to improving and sustaining the quality of New Zealanders' natural and physical environment.
The Institute builds on the University of Waikato’s significant strengths in environmental research across four themes:
Cross-cutting these themes are a range of disciplines. The Institute draws on the research expertise of leading national and international researchers across the biological sciences, microbiology, chemistry, earth and ocean sciences, and engineering.
The Institute also looks beyond the biophysical sciences to education, law, planning, resource economics, history and geography, and works alongside the University’s Te Kotahi Research Institute to facilitate collaboration with Māori (including Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi).
This mix of disciplines allows the Institute to combine an understanding of ecosystem dynamics and restoration, environmental and climate change, engineering innovation, and legal-societal frameworks.
The ERI works across the entire value chain -- from research to development to implementation -- to enable research outputs to be translated into effective policies, processes, practices and tools.
The Institute is committed to building strong research partnerships with other research institutes in New Zealand and overseas, and to developing and maintaining effective relationships with end-users.