Centres and institutes

There is a range of centres and institutes at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Centre for Strategic Studies

The Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) at Victoria University of Wellington is the New Zealand anchor for research, teaching and public dialogue on strategic and security issues.  In particular, the Centre addresses: Global Security Challenges, Strategic Change in the Asia Pacific region, and New Zealand’s security priorities.


Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute (CI) is dedicated to promoting artistic, cultural and intellectual exchange between China and New Zealand. Through exhibitions, concerts, festivals, lectures, workshops and courses, we bring you closer to the heart and mind of one of the most fascinating and enduring civilisations in the world.


Deaf Studies Research Unit

The Deaf Studies Research Unit (DSRU) was established in 1995 with the goal of conducting research on topics relating to Deaf people and their language in New Zealand. The major work of DSRU to date has been the production of A Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language, the first of its kind in New Zealand. Research on the lexicon and grammar of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is ongoing in the DSRU.


English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) has been an important part of Victoria for over 40 years. Since 1961, students from 120 countries have studied at the Institute either on the English language courses or on the widely-respected teacher education programmes.


International Institute of Modern Letters

The International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is the home of Creative Writing at Victoria. Founded in 2001 by Bill Manhire, the IIML offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. New Zealand's first MA in Creative Writing was established at Victoria and the Institute also offers the country's most extensive Creative Writing PhD programme. Its graduates are among the country's leading writers.


Language Learning Centre

The Language Learning Centre (LLC) is the University's technology-rich, multimedia centre supporting language learning and teaching. It offers up-to-date resources and state of the art facilities and equipment dedicated to all the languages taught at Victoria including a wide range of resources for students whose first language is not English. LLC staff also support language teaching staff in their endeavour to integrate emerging technologies in their teaching.

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New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation

The New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation (NZCLT) was officially launched in March 2008 by the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Helen Clark. The Centre hopes to pursue three main aims - to research issues relating to literary translation, particularly of New Zealand writers; to provide support for the translation of our writers' work; and the development of literary translation activities, in both teaching and professional areas.


New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre

The New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre provides a national platform for China-related capability building and knowledge sharing among tertiary institutions, the business community, and public sector organisations in New Zealand for effective engagement with China.



Professor Jennifer Windsor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, has assumed responsibility for the position, while steps to fill the position are worked through.

    New Zealand Dictionary Centre

    For over 60 years Victoria has been the major centre for lexicography in New Zealand. A number of distinguished lexicographers, many of them former students of Professor Ian Gordon, have been graduates of Victoria and have contributed to works of English lexicography, including the supplements to The Oxford English Dictionary and The Australian National Dictionary. The New Zealand Dictionary Centre (NZDC) is based in Wellington, where there are valuable sources of lexicographical research in the National Library, the Alexander Turnbull Library, and the National Archives.


    New Zealand India Research Institute

    The New Zealand India Research Institute is a national centre of Indian studies which promotes and facilitates research on India and India-New Zealand relations. It also engages with government, business and community organisations on India related policy research.


    Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies

    The Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies (SRC) was established at Victoria with the generous support of the Stout Trust to encourage scholarly inquiry into New Zealand society, history and culture, and to provide a focus for the collegial atmosphere and exchange of ideas which enrich the quality of research.


    Va'aomanū Pasifika

    Va'aomanū Pasifika (VASA) specialises in two different areas, namely Samoan Studies and Pacific Studies.

    Talofa lava, Taloha ni, Kia orana, malo e lelei, Ni sa bula, Fakalofa lahi atu, and warm Pacific greetings. Pacific students make up around four percent of Victoria's student population, retaining their diverse cultural identities and enjoying what the University has to offer.


    Wai-te-ata Press

    Wai-te-ata Press (WTP) is a centre for research, lectures, demonstrations, and practical applications in printing history, information technology and design, communication theory, and cultural studies.