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Research Showcase

Connecting our brightest minds to the world's toughest challenges

Our commitment to sustainable development and innovation permeates all of our research to provide support for business, for the environment, and for people everywhere.

The University of Waikato is home to eight research institutes and a large number of research centres and groups, all working to create new knowledge and tackle the tough questions.

Take a look at some of our latest research below

Understanding our environment like never before

TAIAO is a data science programme of $13 million over seven years, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE).

It will advance the state-of-the-art in environmental data science by developing new machine learning methods for time series and data streams that are able to deal with large quantities of big data in real time. The methods are tailored to deal with data collected on the New Zealand environment.

A circular economy for Aotearoa

Āmiomio Aotearoa is a novel economic concept which is cyclical in nature and regenerative by design, keeping products, components and materials at their highest value at all times.

Built on Mātauranga Māori and western science, the concept aims to move beyond the current linear extract-produce-use-dispose material and energy flow model of the modern economic system, which is unsustainable.

What happens to life as the world heats up?

A large research project that seeks to understand how biology responds to increasing temperature could give insight into what may really happen to life if our planet heats up.

Professor Vic Arcus and Professor Louis Schipper are two of four key principal investigators leading a project that aims to determine whether there’s a single theory of temperature dependence that applies to life.

Research to build wellbeing

Mapping the changing face of New Zealand

New Zealand’s population is rapidly changing with the settlement of migrants from all over the world, growing ethnic diversity, population ageing, changing fertility patterns and urban growth.

Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand (CaDDANZ, pronounced 'cadence') is  a research programme that is working to identify how New Zealand can better prepare for, and respond to, these demographic changes in order to maximise the benefits of an increasingly diverse population.

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Looking after Māori mums and babies

New kaupapa Māori research co-led by Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki aims to address inequities in maternal health services for Māori by using Māori knowledge and tikanga to empower Māori families.

The research project is funded by ‘A Better Start E Tipu e Rea’ National Science Challenge, and has received nearly $1 million in funding over two years.

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