Research is key to Otago Polytechnic’s role as a tertiary education provider. A strong research culture means better education for students and a great overall benefit to the wider community.
Our staff and students have a passion for research and for the creation of new knowledge, and we have a strong track record of research achievement. In the 2012 Performance-Based Research Fund evaluation, Otago Polytechnic:
- doubled its income in research from the previous round
- was ranked second in the polytechnic sector for income, postgraduate degree completions and number of A and B rated researchers
- was ranked among New Zealand's top art and design schools in the tertiary sector for the quality of research outputs.
Through our Centres of Research Expertise, we are drawing on our institutional strengths and core capabilities to engage with industry and our communities, and can apply our expertise to help solve their organisational challenges.
We also ensure that our teaching and learning activities are underpinned by research, which means all teaching practitioners are current in their field of expertise and in their teaching practice. This not only develops the capability of our staff, but of our students and graduates.
Our research team
The research team is made up of experienced professionals.
Their roles include administering grant and ethics applications, coordinating research reports, and supporting staff seeking external research funding.
Director: Research and Enterprise
Prof. Leoni Schmidt
Associate Director: Research and Enterprise
Chairperson, Research and Enterprise Committee
Chairperson, Publications Editorial Committee
Chairperson, Research Grants Committee
Research and Enterprise Office
Interim Chairperson, Ethics Committee
Centre of Research Expertise (CoRE) Coordinators
CoRE Coordinator – Innovation
CoRE Coordinator – Sustainability
CoRE Coordinator – Health and Well-being
CoRE Coordinator – Business Improvement
Journals and Reports
Rīpoata Rakahau-ā-Tau: Otago Polytechnic Research Annual Reports
Read about our newly published research.
Please contact Jenny Aimers for copies of earlier Research Annual Reports.
|OP Research Annual Report 2013
||OP Research Annual Report 2012
||OP Research Annual Report 2011
||OP Research Annual Report 2010|
Rakahau-a-mahi hou: new applied research
Read about upcoming publications alongside ‘tasters’ of work in progress in this bi-annual publication.
|Issue 8, July 2013||Issue 7, December 2011||Issue 6, September 2011|
|Issue 5, November 2010||Issue 4, June 2010||Issue 3, October 2009|
Otago Polytechnic publishes two academic peer-reviewed journals, Junctures and Scope.
Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue
The goal of Junctures is to provide a publication forum for researchers across a range of disciplines organised around specific themes. Junctures is listed in a number of premium international databases including Thomson Gale, EBSCO and Scopus.
Scope: Contemporary Research Issues
Scope is a discipline-based, peer-reviewed journal, featuring research by Otago Polytechnic School of Art staff and senior students, as well as research by artists and academics who share the School’s network. All the Scopes are published annually in November.
Apply for Ethical Approval
It is Otago Polytechnic's policy that research must be undertaken in an ethical manner with informed consent. Research undertaken by staff or students involving human participants may require ethical approval. If you wish to discuss this with a member of the Ethics Committee, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; otherwise complete an application for ethical approval using this form.