Read about some of the ways staff and students at Victoria University of Wellington are working towards a sustainable future and a clean, green environment.

  • Field of grass

    Why irrigation dams are a dumb idea

    Big irrigation dams like the one proposed for Waimea River in Nelson sound like a great idea. Dr Mike Joy, a Senior Researcher in Victoria University of Wellington's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies looks at the implications.

  • Virtual interior being explored by avatar

    Preserving history through virtual reality

    A group of Victoria University of Wellington Architecture students have brought historical architecture and social history to life with a virtual reality project to explore Wellington’s Gordon Wilson Flats.

  • Dried arable landscape with cracks in soil

    What climate change could do to mental health

    Gene impact on emotional stability is greater in heatwaves and other extreme weather events, Victoria University Professor of Psychology Ronald Fischer and co-researchers have discovered.

  • Sustainable South island forest

    Sustainable land development work wins scholarship

    Family connections to the Gisborne-Tairāwhiti region, along with an interest in the environment, led Victoria University of Wellington PhD student Leo Mercer to work with local communities to develop potential responses to some of the environmental issues they face.