About

Established in 2012, the New Zealand India Research Institute is New Zealand’s national centre of research on India and New Zealand–India relations.

Portrait of Professor Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
Professor Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute.

Administratively located at Victoria University of Wellington, it is a consortium of scholars engaged in India research in seven universities of New Zealand—Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Massey University, University of Canterbury, and Otago University.

Our goals

The goal of the Institute is to promote and facilitate research on India and New Zealand–India relations.

It aims to:

  • showcase India-related research done in New Zealand
  • promote postgraduate studies on India in New Zealand universities
  • facilitate academic exchanges between India scholars in New Zealand, India and other parts of the world
  • contribute to academic capacity building in New Zealand and India.
  • engage with New Zealand government, business, and community organisations on India-related policy research.

Our research

Research activities of the Institute focus on five thematic areas:

  • society and culture
  • migration and diaspora
  • economics and business
  • environment and sustainability
  • politics and security.

Our activities

The Institute:

  • organises international conferences
  • runs a distinguished visiting speakers programme
  • engages in Track II dialogues
  • runs an active publication programme
  • supports India-related research projects.

Our governing body and advisory board

The Institute has a governing body consisting of the director stationed at Victoria University of Wellington and associate directors appointed for each of the six other campuses. There is an advisory board, which meets twice a year to provide guidance on the programmes of the Institute.

For more information, see the staff page.

Contact us

The Institute is currently housed within the History Department, Level 4, Old Kirk Building, Victoria University of Wellington.

Get in touch by email at india-research@vuw.ac.nz or phone +64 04 463 5344.