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, Research Office

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Danette Olsen

Director, Research Office
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Kaiārahi Rangahau Māori

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Terence Hikawai

Kairahi Rangahau Maori · Research Development Leader Māori
Research Office · Rangahau Māori Team

Research Funding Advisors

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Christopher Dean

Manager Research Funding
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Dr Mireille Consalvey

Senior Research Funding Advisor · ARC, SGEES and SBS (Ecology)
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Senior Research Funding Advisor · - FHSS, Education, Law, Psychology, CSIS
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Jeannette Vine

Research Funding Adviser · Faculty of Health and WSBG
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Kathryn Lawrence

Research Funding Adviser · FRI, SCPS, SoA, SoDI
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Dr Lauren Whitty

Research Funding Adviser · SBS, Cell and Molecular
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Research Funding Coordinator

Research Funding Coordinator · Supports the Research Office submission of applications to internal and external funds.
Research Office · Research Funding Advisors

Research Partnerships and Performance

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Katy Miller

Manager Research Partnerships
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Neb Svrzikapa

Senior Research Partner
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Senior Research Partner
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Robert Patterson

Senior Research Partner
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Diwen Cao

Research Partner · Research Partner
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Tess Tuxford

Research Performance Advisor
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Philip Roderick

Research Data Analyst
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Contracts and Research Administration

General enquiries:

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Dan Thompson

Manager, Research Contracts
Research Office · Research Development Office

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Priyanka Otawkar

Research Contracts Advisor
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Lai Ching Tan

Research Contracts Advisor · Research Office
Research Office · Contracts and System

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Lu Halligan

Office Administrator
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Human Ethics

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Isobel Cairns

Manager, Research Ethics, Integrity and Policy
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  • RB 905, Rankine Brown, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade

Research Ethics Adviser
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Research Information Management—ResearchMaster and Elements

Research Information Systems Administrator
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Research Information Systems Administrator
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