Work with our staff
Our academic staff apply their research to help solve real-world challenges.
We would love to collaborate with you and contribute our expertise to what you are doing. Our academic staff are making the world a better place, applying their research to help solve real world challenges and to inform their teaching, benefiting our students. We work with community organisations, industries, professions and other academic institutions, locally, nationally and internationally.
Ways of working with our staff
We welcome opportunities to partner with industry and community organisations to undertake research that will meet an identified need of theirs. For example Tony Heptinstall and Tim Lynch in our Food Design Institute worked with our EPICentre technicians William Early and Ken Wyber to develop handcrafted foods for Sanitarium that looked identical to fruit and vegetables but were filled with contrasting flavours.
Some of our staff are experienced at handling media interviews related to their research. For example:
- Professor Jo Kirkwood was interviewed by Radio New Zealand in 2022 about her research on Tall Poppy Syndrome in New Zealand.
- Professor Sally Baddock has been interviewed on several occasions about her research into Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI) including this 2017 Radio New Zealand example.
- Professor Margo Barton has been interviewed about the iD Fashion Show in Dunedin, for example in this 2016 Channel 39 TV interview.
Please contact our Media Liaison about interviews and public statements.
Christine Griffiths, Suzanne Millar and Kerry Adams have advised coroners, ACC and the Health and Disability Commissioner on cases involving midwives.
Associate Professor Matt King has extensive experience investigating and giving evidence about traffic accidents for private parties, insurance companies, law enforcement agencies and governments in New Zealand, France and USA.
Our researchers are interested in speaking about their work. For example, Professor Jo Kirkwood has presented her work on entrepreneurs who are mothers to business women. David Finnie has been presenting his construction research to quantity surveyors and construction lawyers.
Many of our researchers hold roles that enable them to contribute their expertise at a governance level for relevant organisations. For example:
- Kerry Adams is Co-Chair (Tangata Tiriti) of the Midwifery Council.
- Professor Karole Hogarth is a member of a reference group contributing to a project on infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance initiated by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.
- Associate Professor Martin Andrew is a board and committee member for WIL NZ (Work Integrated Learning NZ).
- Associate Professor Kelli Te Maihāroa is the Co-General Secretariate for Asia Pacific Peace Research Association. She has over twenty years of Māori Governance experience and sits on two mana whenua governance boards.
A secondment where one of our researchers spends time in your organisation (or vice versa) can be mutually beneficial. For example, Professor Richard Mitchell from the Food Design Institute has been embedded at Silver Fern Farms two days a week to exchange knowledge and experience.
Other researchers are able to use their expertise to help build skills and capabilities amongst your staff. For example, our automotive staff have run electric vehicle training for New Zealand Fire Service personnel.
Much of our research is freely available online to be accessed and used by anyone.
Contact Rangahau, Research and Postgraduate
Our team are experienced professionals who support our researchers to benefit their teaching practice and the communities we are part of - locally, nationally and globally.