Centres, institutes, and chairs

Victoria University of Wellington has many research centres, institutes, and professorial research chairs working on collaborative and specialised research.

Our research centres are made up of research staff within schools and often include academics from other disciplines and faculties. Many have a national or international focus and are linked with several other organisations and universities.

Browse our featured research centres below or link to the full list at the foot of this page.

Centre for Biodiscovery

The Centre’s research aims to enhance health and wellbeing through the discovery and development of sustainable, nature-inspired products and processes.

Centre for Strategic Studies

The Centre for Strategic Studies is central to research and public dialogue on strategic and security issues in New Zealand.

National Centre for Women's Health Research Aotearoa

The National Centre for Women's Health Research Aotearoa is dedicated to improving the health outcomes of our nation's women and children.

Chair in the Economics of Disasters and Climate Change

Research by this Chair focuses on the economic impacts of natural disasters and climate change, and how these impacts can be mitigated and better managed.

Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice

The Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice provides a focus for collaborative research and teaching on restorative justice theories, policies and practices.

Health Services Research Centre

The Health Services Research Centre focuses on the study of the health and disability needs of communities and the services provided to them.

Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

The Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) aims to lift environmental, social and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders via good public policy.

MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

The MacDiarmid Institute is a network of top New Zealand materials scientists who push the frontiers of materials science through research and innovation.

New Zealand Centre for Public Law

Delve into a wealth of research and analysis on issues related to public law, both in New Zealand and on the international stage.

New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law

The New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law encourages discussion and research on issues relating to international economic law.

New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre

The Centre promotes knowledge and understanding of contemporary China in New Zealand through research, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

New Zealand India Research Institute

The Institute includes scholars from seven New Zealand universities who work together to promote and facilitate research on India and NZ-India relations.

Stout Research Centre

The Stout Research Centre was established to encourage and coordinate academic research and understanding of New Zealand society, history and culture.

Te Ngāpara Centre for Restorative Practice

The Centre works with a restorative justice lens to tackle complex social issues in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand.