All centres and institutes

View a full list of Victoria University of Wellington's research centres, institutes and chairs.

  • Antarctic Research Centre

    Research looking at Antarctic climate history and processes and the influence on the global climate system, especially in New Zealand and the southwest Pacific.

  • Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership

    The Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership at Wellington School of Business and Government works on facilitating a transparent and ethical business sector.

  • Centre for Academic Development

    The Centre for Academic Development (CAD) supports the Victoria University of Wellington community in pursuit of learning and teaching excellence.

  • Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research

    The Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research (CAGTR) works collaboratively with industry professionals to enhance knowledge in these fields.

  • Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research

    The Centre for Cross-Cultural Research responds to the challenges of globalisation, migration and growing cultural diversity through sound theory and research.

  • 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 Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology

    The Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology focuses on how to restore depleted species and communities in ecosystems impacted by human activity.

  • Centre for Building Performance Research

    The Centre aims to improve our knowledge of building performance so people can create more efficient, safer and healthier buildings.

  • Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

    CDSAI offers expertise in data science and artificial intelligence across a wide variety of different applications and industries.

  • Centre for Labour, Employment and Work (CLEW)

    The Centre for Labour, Employment and Work has been a trusted information source for employment relations practitioners, unions and policy makers since 1970.

  • Centre for Strategic Studies

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

  • Chair in Business in Asia

    The Chair in Business in Asia creates and shares knowledge that promotes and supports effective New Zealand business engagement with Asia.

  • Chair in Digital Government

    The research programme of the Chair in Digital Government focuses on the impact of new communication and information technologies on the public sector.

  • Chair in Public Finance

    The Chair in Public Finance carries out research into government revenue and spending with the aim of assisting policy makers in making good decisions.

  • Chair in Regulatory Practice

    The Chair in Regulatory Practice researches regulatory practice and stewardship, to help improve regulation and its impact on social and economic performance.

  • 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.

  • Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy

    The Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy is based in Wellington School of Business and Government and conducts specialist research in public wellbeing policy.

  • Competitive Advantage New Zealand

    Competitive Advantage New Zealand is a research programme devoted to understanding how local enterprises can develop competitive advantages on the world stage.

  • Computational Media Innovation Centre

    Opening in June 2018, the Centre will foster cutting-edge research and university-led innovation in computational media.

  • Confucius Institute

    The Confucius Institute (CIVUW) is dedicated to promoting Chinese language teaching and to fostering international cultural and intellectual exchange.

  • Deaf Studies Research Unit

    The Deaf Studies Research Unit focuses on language learning and teaching of New Zealand Sign Language and the enrichment of the Deaf Community.

  • 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.

  • Earthquake Hazard Centre

    The Earthquake Hazard Centre (EHC) is a research and information network focused on earthquake-resistant design and construction.

  • Ferrier Research Institute

    The Ferrier Research Institute is a team of carbohydrate chemistry experts and analysts working to bring better drugs, materials and technology to the world.

  • 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.

  • Institute of Geophysics

    The Institute of Geophysics focuses on research in geophysics, meteorology and tectonics in New Zealand and around the world.

  • International Institute of Modern Letters

    The Institute aims to develop and stimulate the imaginative capacity and individual literary skills and voices of emerging creative writers.

  • 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.

  • Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

    A world-leading medical research institute focused on developing treatments for cancer, asthma, allergies, arthritis, MS and infectious diseases.

  • 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.

  • New Zealand Association for Comparative Law

    The New Zealand Association for Comparative Law focuses on research, education and training in comparative law, and the study of foreign legal systems.

  • New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation

    The New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation supports research projects and activities in the theory and practice of literary translation.

  • New Zealand Centre for Public Law

    The New Zealand Centre for Public Law works to stimulate interest and debate in public law issues and to promote research on these issues.

  • 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 Climate Change Institute

    The New Zealand Climate Change Institute is a group of influential researchers and policy experts focused on climate change science and issues.

  • 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 Dictionary Centre

    Providing a focal point for New Zealand lexicography, the Centre maintains a vocabulary database and completes research on language in New Zealand.

  • 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.

  • New Zealand Institute of International Affairs

    For more than 80 years, the NZIIA has worked to improve political and economic wellbeing in New Zealand through a better understanding of global affairs.

  • Paihau—Robinson Research Institute

    Engineering innovation meets applied physics to build high temperature superconductors and other advanced technologies for businesses worldwide global.

  • Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children

    The Roy McKenzie Centre conducts research on New Zealand families to help create better policy and laws that support strong families.

  • Stout Research Centre

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

  • Sustainable energy

    The Chair supports the transition to sustainable energy of the New Zealand and regional economy, and society.

  • Te Hau Kori

    We aim to lead the delivery of policy- and practice-relevant research and the development of workforce capability for promoting physical activity in Aotearoa.

  • Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit

    The Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit was established in 1999 to provide independent, high quality research and advice on Treaty of Waitangi matters.

  • Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America (VILLA)

    VILLA builds links between Victoria University of Wellington and Latin American countries and works to facilitate collaborative research.

  • Wai-te-ata Press

    The Wai-te-ata Press is a letterpress printing facility with collections of historic equipment—providing a place for print culture and history research.

  • Wellington University Coastal Ecology Lab

    The award-winning Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory supports research excellence in coastal ecology in the School of Biological Sciences.

  • Worksafe New Zealand Chairs in Health and Safety

    The WorkSafe New Zealand Chair in Health and Safety aims to lift New Zealand’s health and safety performance through high quality research and teaching.