Follow our cutting-edge research and learn more about topical issues through the University's public lecture series.
Catch up on our public lecture series with the following selection of lecture recordings.
Professor Heidi Thomson dares you to read Romantic poetry for its pure power.
Dr Fiona Hutton and Dr Denise Taylor ask why legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes is so controversial in New Zealand?
Professor Mackintosh explains how recent breakthroughs help answer questions about past, present and future glacier and ice-sheet response to climate change.
Professor Lisa Marriott questions whether those who are least advantaged fare worse than those who are in relatively privileged positions.
Professor Fischer discusses the reasons why our cultures value different things, work together in different ways and have different ideas about happiness.
Professor Macalister discusses Language and Culture in Edwardian Wellington
Professor Sutherland explains how scientific drilling and exploration in this area has provided new insight into how plate tectonics work.
Professor Brown reflects upon how the humanities and social sciences provide a voice to all New Zealand industries and professions, particularly architecture.
Professor Joanna Merwood-Salisbury will discuss the complicated history of the early skyscraper.
Dr Stanley asks how acknowledgement of state abuse can be undertaken in a way that goes beyond lip service.
Professor Lasthuizen shares research into the opportunities and challenges for ethical leadership to make a difference in our society.
The Institute’s Chief Executive, Professor Sir Alan Wilson, describes the Institute’s work, the challenges it seeks to address, and the future of data science.
Dr Markus Luczak-Roesch and Dr Kathleen Kuehn consider what we can do in the future to navigate
a brave new media world.
Dr Robert Kirkby discusses Blockchain technology, in particular cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
Dr Priestley talks about blending a professional career in science communication with her academic career at Victoria University of Wellington.
The changing climate is reshaping our way of life: how and where we live, how we feed ourselves and what holds our societies together.
Professor David Ackerley describes engineering enzymes using “directed evolution” – a Darwinian approach of randomly mutating a single target gene.
Rob Rabel and Malcolm McKinnon review American foreign policy over the past seven decades and its struggles with isolationism.
Professor Alberto Costi explains his view of international law with examples drawn from the law of armed conflict, human rights, and environmental law.
Professor Justin Hodgkiss describes how he and his team have created instruments to illuminate and explore the femtosecond world.
Professor Tim Naish and Catherine Iorns review the science of projecting sea-level rise for New Zealand, and the challenges
faced in using that science.
Professor Coles discusses a vision of the
university as a hub of catalytic change and the modes of collaborative leadership that can bring it into being.
Professors Arthur Grimes (School of Government) and Gregor
Coster (Faculty of Health) discuss the Wellbeing Budget and some of
the challenges it presents.
Professor Arthur Grimes discusses wellbeing economics and policy, its past, present, and future in New Zealand.
Professor Butler will offer a new framework for how businesses can effectively realise their right to access justice.
Peter Thompson and Marcin Betkier discuss the background and challenges of the Christchurch Call.
Professor Lin will provide an overview of how to understand the financial markets.
Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor Sekhar Bandyopadhyay discusses Gandhi’s philosophy and actions.
Professor McCarthy will discuss the contemporary museum at work.
Professor Jim McAloon looks at the New Zealand middle class as it was around 1900.
Professor van der Heijden will reflect on the long, and often remarkable, history of regulatory reform.
Professor Michael Macaulay explores the tension between rhetoric and reality, drawing on almost seven years of New Zealand-based research.
Dr Alexander Gerst, astronaut and distinguished alumni, shares his experience of space travel.
Access video recordings from previous public lectures.