Research Institutes

The following research institutes exist within the University of Waikato:

Environmental Research Institute (ERI)

Director: Professor Karin Bryan

The Environmental Research Institute’s focus is to produce world-class systems-level research and through strong end-user relationships, successful outcomes for improved environmental resilience and management. In addition, the Institute aims to develop and enhance the capability, capacity and profile of the University of Waikato’s environmental researchers and its collaborators. The ERI’s research programmes are multi-disciplinary in nature, drawing upon research expertise from the physical and social sciences, economics, engineering, planning, law and education. The Institute has the capability and capacity to address environmental issues across a range of ecosystems including terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine.

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New Zealand Institute for Business Research (NZIBR)

Executive Director: Associate Professor Eva Collins

The New Zealand Institute for Business Research draws on the research excellence of New Zealand’s top research business school and nearly three decades of leading-edge business consultancy. The institute has a wealth of expertise in areas ranging from innovation to economic impact analysis. The institute works with industry, government agencies and other organisations to enhance productivity and contribute to sustainable business. The institute aspires to develop and deliver industry-driven research projects assuring quality outcomes and transfer of knowledge in an effective and appropriate manner; develop collaboration with existing local, national and international partners. The Institute’s current strengths relate to agribusiness and particularly supply chains, financial analysis and business performance, business impact analysis, innovation and the business of health.

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Institute of Professional Learning (IPL)

Director: Jan Martin

The Institute of Professional Learning provides professional learning and development in the broad field of education, both nationally and internationally. This involves both short and long term programmes in areas such as educational leadership, coaching and mentoring, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, information technology and eLearning, adult education, pedagogy, and policy development. The Institute engages in the delivery of the ‘content’ of professional learning but is also concerned with the ‘practice’ of professional learning. Its work connects professional practice to research and qualifications. A significant portion of the Institute’s activities involves partnerships with iwi and other educational providers.

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National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA)

Director: Dr John Ryks

The National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis links together a virtual and evolving community of national and international researchers whose research focus is the interaction of demographic, social and economic processes. Initially founded through collaboration between the University of Waikato’s former Population Studies Centre, Waikato Management School, and Wellington-based Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, the Institute’s primary goal is to help inform choices and responses to the demographic, social and economic interactions that are shaping New Zealand's future. Reflecting this objective, NIDEA's research programme comprises five interconnected themes, and is supported and sustained by a strong capacity-building programme:

  • New Zealand 2050 (A structurally ageing New Zealand)
  • New Zealand's regions and communities (A regionally diverse New Zealand)
  • New Zealand's individuals, families and households (A socially informed New Zealand)
  • New Zealand's oceanic and global context (A globally engaged New Zealand)
  • NIDEA Demographic Laboratory (A statistically numerate New Zealand)

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Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI)

Director: Assoc Prof Leonie Pihama

The Institute is named for Sir Robert Te Kotahi Mahuta the founding Director of the Centre of Māori Studies research at the University of Waikato in 1972. Te Kotahi Research Institute will work with iwi, drawing on mātauranga Māori and multi-disciplines, to create new knowledge and innovations that will inspire our people and communities and lead to the well-being of our whānau, and society. The Institute aims to:

  • Undertake research that will accelerate development and lead to social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being
  • Apply matauranga Māori, and diverse Māori perspectives, to disciplinary knowledge in order to develop innovative research approaches
  • Build strong iwi-university research collaborations drawing especially on the iwi of Te Roopu Manukura
  • Work with the Waikato-Tainui Endowed College to enhance research collaborations with Waikato-Tainui and the Kīngitanga
  • Foster future focused projects with a 25 year and beyond time frame
  • Build a vibrant research community that attracts doctoral students, international scholars, university researchers and community leaders
  • Grow new research leaders who can work across disciplines and with communities
  • Translate knowledge into iwi, regional and national policy and practice outcomes
  • Support iwi based implementation that derives from our research

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Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER)

Director: Prof Bronwen Cowie

The Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research was established by the University to undertake, support and disseminate research relating to the broad field of education. The Institute encourages a variety of research in education spanning the years of early childhood and schooling and which may be subject-specific or cross-curricular involving interdisciplinary research teams. The focus is research on learning, teaching, curriculum, cultural and literacy issues and policy. Local studies in classroom research, policy, critiques and reviews are encouraged, as are studies from national and international perspectives. Conferences and seminars are organised by the Institute to inform the academic and professional communities of research undertaken, and to promote sharing and debate. National and international researchers are encouraged to visit the Institute and collaborate with staff and students in the University of Waikato.

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New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science

Directors (Acting): Professor Devon Polaschek and Dr Trevor Drage

The New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science incorporates four interlinked components; theories in Crime Science, modelling and analysis of data on crime and security issues in New Zealand, the use of computer science to assist evidence-based Police work, and research in psychology relevant to criminal behaviour and Police processes (such as taking evidence from witnesses).

The first outcome of the Institute has been the development of a new masters programme. The Master of Security and Crime Science (MSCS) is the first qualification of its kind in New Zealand and will be targeted at current and future law enforcement and security practitioners, and has the support of the NZ Police.

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