Research Strengths

The University of Waikato demonstrates national leadership in:

  • Environment
  • Computing and Mathematical Sciences, including cyber security
  • Population Studies
  • Education and Educational Leadership
  • Māori and Indigenous research
  • Energy and Cyber Law
  • Economics
  • Health, Sport and Human Performance
  • Transport – driving and road safety

University of Waikato Research units

The University houses research institutes, groups and centres within its faculties, including:

Research Institutes


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 the natural and physical environment. The Institute builds on the University of Waikato’s significant strengths in environmental research across four themes: Antarctic ecosystems, coastal and marine ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems.


Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI) develops research that supports iwi, Māori, indigenous nations, communities, organisations, and works with researchers to engage and focus on building  key research skills related to Māori and  indigenous research methods and practice.


National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) is the only national institute of demographic and population-focused research in New Zealand. The research helps inform choices and responses to the demographic, social and economic interactions that are shaping the 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.


Wilf Malcolm Institute of Education Research (WMIER) researchers carry out innovative and collaborative research that tackles challenges faced in education at all levels, early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary, and their work has influenced curriculum design, policy and practice. The Institute also provides advice and support in the scoping and design of research projects and provides the infrastructure to ensure the successful management, completion and dissemination of research.


Institute of Professional Learning (IPL) is a professional learning and development organisation with the Faculty of Education and founded on a base of more than two decades of internationally recognised delivery and research. IPL provides high-quality research-informed programmes of professional learning and development that contribute to improved professional practice in early childhood centres, schools and tertiary institutions nationally and internationally.

Institute for Security and Crime Science, established in 2016, is multidisciplinary and includes four interlinked components; theories in crime science, modelling and analysis of date on crime and security issues, the use of computer science to assist evidence-based police, and research in psychology relevant to criminal behaviour and police processes.

Research Centres

Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law (CEREL) established in 2011 CEREL generates research into law and policy that supports efforts to answer the challenges we face locally and worldwide  in relation to the environment, natural resources and energy.

Traffic and Road Safety Research Group (TARS) founded in 1993 TARS has established a strong international reputation for its research into issues related to drivers and road safety.

Cyber Security Lab or Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato (CROW) focuses on research addressing data security from a user-centric perspective.

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