Research & Enterprise Waikato

  • Dr Rangi Matamua, Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, received a Marsden grant to study how astronomy impacts upon cultural practices and is influenced by ecological and societal change. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright NZ Scholar Award which took him to Duluth, Minnesota, in June 2014.

  • Dr Michael Cameron, Associate Professor in Economics (WMS), has undertaken numerous externally funded projects, including a Health Promotion Authority-funded investigation into the impacts of alcohol outlet density on crime before and after the Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act came into force in 2013. Earlier research is presented here.

  • Dr Fiona Petchey, from the University's Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, is a leading expert in bone and shell dating. Her unique combination of specialised archaeology and radiocarbon dating expertise has attracted multiple research contracts from the Marsden Fund and the Australian Research Council.

  • Drs Mira Peter and Elaine Khoo, Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education, co-directed a two-year TLRI-funded project investigating the effect of a “flipped class” on undergraduate engineering students’ learning and mastering of threshold concepts and skills needed to become successful, workplace-ready graduates.

  • Prof Holly Thorpe and Prof Belinda Wheaton (Faculty of Health) are the first NZ-based researchers to receive a prestigious Advanced Research Project Grant from the International Olympic Committee to explore youth perceptions of the Olympic Games, informing decision-making about new Olympic sports, specifically action sports.

  • Rutherford Discovery Fellow Dr Adam Hartland (School of Science) received a RISE award funded by the European Commission and the Royal Society of New Zealand to exchange with Cambridge, Potsdam and Mainz University staff on research to develop novel, quantitative proxies of past climate using speleothems (cave carbonates).

The Research & Enterprise Office supports the University of Waikato's research activities and the process of creating value from research discoveries and innovation. We work with both University researchers and external partners, including government, industry and community organisations, to extend research capability and broaden partnership opportunities that foster collaborative research, the implementation of research findings, and knowledge and technology transfer.