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Research and Expertise

University of Waikato researchers are working at the leading edge of their fields, have strong international connections, and have won accolades for their work from many quarters.

We are the Waikato's engine room for new knowledge, the centre of a network of research institutions and industry in our region. Our research supports social development, economic progress, and environmental sustainability in New Zealand and the world beyond.

Our 2020 MBIE funded research

We are proud to have recently secured MBIE funding for four projects.

The projects tackle some of the biggest challenges facing Aoteatora and the world today, from big data, racism, climate change and improving the uptake of technology by all members of our community.

Led by diverse teams of passionate staff from across the University, the winning projects demonstrate when we bring the right people together with the right blend of expertise, we can achieve incredible things.

Bruce Clarkson Ecology Restoration

A showcase of our world-leading research

We are committed to creating and building knowledge and technologies for the future. We deliver a world-class research portfolio within a dynamic and distinctive university environment with strong international connections.


Explore our research
Postgraduate students

Choose your path

Ready to reach to the next level? Find out about postgraduate study, including higher research degrees like the MPhil and PhD.


Postgraduate Studies
Scholarships for Postgraduate Research
School of Graduate Research

Support for researchers

If you're a researcher, we can advise you on public and private funding sources, developing your proposal, and navigating ethics approval. We help with your Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) evidence portfolio.

We can also support you to protect your intellectual property and commericalise your research.


Visit Research & Enterprise

Find an expert

If you're looking for an expert in a particular field, use our staff search tool or contact our Research & Enterprise team and they'll put you in touch with the right person.

Taiao Project

Collaboration and knowledge sharing

Our strong relationships with industry and other research centres increase our power to innovate and have an impact. Our research groups are ready to collaborate on new studies so that together, we can find the answers.


Learn about research groups
Partner with us on research

A wealth of learning

Looking for Waikato-led studies on a specific topic? Search our publications databases for research papers and student theses.


Research Publications

Meet some of our postgraduate students