Research Office

Our staff form a vibrant research and teaching community and are supported through orientation programmes and ongoing professional development opportunities.

Whether you are new to the University and need help getting started in your research, or you want assistance managing a research grant, we can provide you with a wide range of support services including:

Current staff

Staff can access support through our intranet for:

Contact one of our team

Feel free to contact one of the people below, or if you want to come see us, we’re up the top of Rankine Brown.

Physical address: Level 9, Rankine Brown Building, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade.

Postal address: Research Office, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.

Research funding

Support for Victoria University of Wellington academics in the development of research proposals and budgets for external grant applications.

General enquiries:

Director and Associate director

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Danette Olsen

Director, Research Office
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Matt Hall

Contestable research funding

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Jeannette Vine

Research Development Adviser
Research Office

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Dr Mireille Consalvey

Research Development Advisor · ARC, SGEES and SBS (Ecology)

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Kathryn Lawrence

Research Development Advisor · FRI, SCPS, SoA, SoDI

Research Development Advisor · - FHSS, Education, Law
· Research Office

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Robert Patterson

Research Development Advisor · - Psychology, SMS, Science in Society, SBS (Cellular & Molecular)

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Alice Tappenden

Research Development Adviser · ECS, Robinson, CMIC
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Research partnerships with external organisations

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Christopher Dean

Enterprise Development Manager
Research Office

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Neb Svrzikapa

Enterprise Development Adviser
Research Office

Enterprise Development Adviser
Research Office

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Dr Nicole van der Laak

Commercialisation Manager

Enterprise Development Advisor

Contracts and research administration

General enquiries:

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Dan Thompson

Manager, Research Contracts
Research Office · Research Development Office

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Tess Tuxford

Research Contracts Advisor
Research Office · Contracts and Research Administration

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Priyanka Otawkar

Research Contracts Advisor
Research Office

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Lu Halligan

Administrator, Research Development

Research Office

Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF)

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Matt Hall

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Philip Roderick

Research Data Analyst
Research Office

Human ethics

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Isobel Cairns

Human Ethics and Integrity Adviser
Research Office

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Dr Thushini Jayawardena-Willis

Research Ethics Advisor
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  • RB905, Rankine Brown, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade

Research Ethics Adviser
Research Office

Research risk and compliance

Senior Risk and Compliance Advisor

Internal funding and awards

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Hamish Clayton

Research Information Management—ResearchMaster and Elements

Research Information Systems Administrator
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Research Information Systems Administrator
Research Office