SDG #17 Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Proudly supporting the Waikato Wellbeing Project

200+ global partnerships

Newly created leadership role focused on sustainability

We place a high value on the many connections we have all around the world, which help us to increase the impact of our research, enhance opportunities for our staff and enrich the student experience.  We excel at collaborative research and strive to bring the Sustainable Development Goals into sharp focus within our institution, through leadership, strategy and communications.

Some things we are especially proud of

We are active members of the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) group and the Te Pōkai Tara Universities New Zealand SDGs Expert Working Group.

Our Waikato Public Law and Policy Research Unit which produces focused research on topical issues relating to the regulation of civil society, constitutional and administrative law and Indigenous governance.

Our New Zealand Institute of Business Research which hosted an international delegation from Taiwan to explore circular economy collaborations.

Associate Professor Paresha Sinha who is leading aresearch project looking at corporate responsibility and the role of multinational enterprises in realising the SDGs.

Our contribution to the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education as an Executive Member.

Economists Professor John Gibson and Dr Susan Olivia who analysed the effects of Covid-19 and economic responses on life expectancy and poverty in Indonesia.

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Our work with the Waikato Wellbeing Project

We support and work closely with the team at the Waikato Wellbeing Project. This community-led initiative has set ten wellbeing targets for the Waikato region, based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  A number of our staff were involved in helping to shape these targets and renowned urban ecologist, Professor Bruce Clarkson now leads the workstream for SDG 13 - Life on Land.  The Project’s ultimate goal is to achieve a more environmentally sustainable, prosperous and inclusive region by 2030 and we are honored to be a part of it.


Bringing the SDGs to life though teaching

We have a wide range of papers and programmes that directly address sustainability and the SDGs.  Our Bachelor of Environmental Planning degree includes a number of papers focused on the development of sustainable cities and mitigating the effects of climate change. The Waikato Management School also has a range of offerings looking at sustainability in the context of human resources, responsible leadership, business strategy and the economics of the environment. We also have rich offerings in Geography, exploring the human dimensions of environmental change, gender and culture, disasters and development and Māori Lands and Communities.


Our global partnerships

The University of Waikato is a global university: we are connected internationally through numerous research, teaching and mobility partnerships; we deliver education offshore and we attract top international academic staff as well as international students from over 80 countries. We know that global collaboration increases the impact of our research, enhances opportunities for our staff and enriches the student experience. We are committed to fostering this collaboration through a portfolio of active and sustainable global partnerships.

Chellie Spiller

A global toolbox for Indigenous business

Professor Chellie Spiller from the Waikato Management School is globally renowned for her research about Indigenous leadership in business.  She is passionate about supporting Māori to create authentic and sustainable wealth and wellbeing in New Zealand and has authored several books on the topic. She currently has an important role within Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence as a researcher and theme leader.

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Students help to build healthcare workforce in Africa

Working Integrated Learning (WIL) is a vital part of our degree programmes, giving students opportunities to solve real-world problems while they study. This can include opportunities offshore if a project is suited to an online environment. In 2020, a group of final-year computer science students completed their WIL placement with a UK-based charity called Medic to Medic. They built a cloud-based system to help the charity find donors to pay for medical school fees of students from countries including Malawi in East Africa.

Lynda Johnston

SDGs the focus of new leadership role

Professor Lynda Johnston was recently appointed to a new role of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Sustainability.  Her focus is on shaping the University’s strategic academic approach to sustainability and environmental management, and providing academic leadership and oversight of its activities as measured against the SDGs.