Faculty research

Our global reputation for world-class research and innovation is built on a range of research strengths across and between our faculties.

We are committed to research excellence and to research that will help improve economic, social and environmental wellbeing. Researchers at Victoria University of Wellington often work across faculties and with other organisations in New Zealand and around the world. This multidisciplinary collaboration is a core element of our research success.

Architecture and design innovation

Creative and innovative researchers in the Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation specialise in practical and original design solutions.


Our researchers aim to make a difference to people’s chances in life through investigating experiences in educational settings and how they can be improved.


The Wellington Faculty of Engineering—home to two leading research centres—collaborates with researchers around the globe to solve modern engineering problems.


The Wellington Faculty of Health focuses on making a difference through research in nursing, midwifery and health services.

Humanities, arts and social sciences

Our creative and scholarly research in the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is recognised internationally for its quality and originality.


The Faculty of Law is New Zealand’s leading centre of academic legal research and is ranked in the top 75 in the QS World University Subject Rankings.


Our world-class research in the Wellington Faculty of Science has global impact and shapes and enriches our learning and teaching.


Research at Wellington School of Business and Government contributes to more effective government policy and better business practice in New Zealand.