Research Institutes, Centres and Units


The following research institutes exist within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA)

NIDEA is the only national institute of demographic and population-focused research in Aotearoa / New Zealand. It undertakes research that helps inform choices and responses to the demographic, social and economic interactions that are shaping Aotearoa/ New Zealand's future. NIDEA is also the only national research institute that offers a research-led major in population studies and graduate degrees in population studies and demography. NIDEA researchers are internationally and locally recognised and work across the six inter-connected themes below:

  • New Zealand 2050 (An ageing New Zealand)
  • New Zealand's regions and communities (A regionally and ethnically diverse New Zealand)
  • New Zealand's individuals, families and households (A socially informed New Zealand)
  • New Zealand's oceanic and global context (A globally engaged New Zealand)
  • Te para one te tū mai nei/Māori and Indigenous Futures
  • Population Health and Health Equity in New Zealand


The following research units exist within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Audience Research Unit

The focus of the Audience Research Unit is on theoretically-informed, multi-disciplinary research activities. We aim to provide a forum for interrogating established audience research traditions within the humanities and social science, and to address in our own practice the opportunities for new forms of qualitative and quantitative research into the contemporary mediascape.

Māori and Psychology Research Unit

The Māori and Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) is to provide a catalyst and support network for advancing research which has at its centre the psychological needs, aspirations, and priorities of Māori people.


The following research groups exist within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Transport Research Group

Transport affects many aspects of everyday life. That is the subject of the multi-disciplinary Transport Research Group (TRG) at the University of Waikato.

Waikato Gender Research Network

The Waikato Gender Research Network (WGRN) is a cross-discipline collective of staff and students within the University of Waikato who have shared research interests in gender related issues.