Waikato University researchers win three Marsden Fund grants

31 October 2013

Margaret Carr Research grants: Professor Margaret Carr is one of three Marsden Fund recipients at the University of Waikato.

Population growth is theorised to cease globally about 2100, resulting in irreversible population shrinkage in most countries. A research project led by Professor Natalie Jackson and designed to develop a theory of depopulation, and the unfolding mechanisms underlying it to assist policymakers to respond, is one of three research projects led by University of Waikato researchers to receive support from the Marsden Fund, New Zealand's funding for ideas-driven research.

The Marsden Fund supported projects

The Marsden Fund has announced it will distribute $59 million to fund 110 new research projects nationwide, each for a three-year period

The Marsden Fund supported projects at Waikato University are:


Professor Margaret Carr’s project is designed to examine young children’s creative inclinations to puzzle about the unknown and develop innovative working theories. It will challenge international monocultural definitions of innovation potential and creative capacity by examining children’s responses to well-designed museum visits from kohanga reo and kura kaupapa Maori.

Professor Vic Arcus is co-Principal Investigator of a project designed to examine the evolution of a network of enzymes that facilitate cellular metabolism by resurrecting and examining ancient enzymes.

“I’m delighted with our researchers’ successes," said Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford. "Their projects are just some of the exciting work we undertake that is of direct relevance for policymakers and business people for developments that will benefit us as a nation and that have clear international relevance.”

The Marsden Fund

The Marsden Fund is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Marsden Fund Council, and funded by the New Zealand Government. It supports projects in the sciences, technology, engineering and maths, social sciences and the humanities.