Research with international impact

Our staff and students undertake research which has global impact. Find out more about our areas of research expertise.

Staff at Victoria work with researchers from around the world to generate new knowledge with major social, economic, environmental and scholarly impact.

The University has a range of internationally focused research centres, institutes, and chairs spanning all faculties. These generate many interactive ventures (including research collaboration) with leading universities around the world, as well as with governments and private sector entities.

Many of Victoria’s research centres also involve collaboration with other New Zealand universities, facilitating a ‘NZ Inc’ approach. Examples of this approach include the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre.

Victoria is the only New Zealand university to host an institute specifically devoted to enhancing links with Latin America. The Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America (VILLA) was established in 2008. The Institute was prompted by rapidly increasing research interest in Latin America; a growing number of student exchange agreements with the region; the blossoming of New Zealand-Latin American political, economic and cultural relationships in recent years; and a call from Latin American ambassadors for an entity in Wellington that addressed their educational and academic needs.

The University is also at the forefront of ensuring New Zealand perspectives are taken into account in regional and international forums. For example, the Centre for Strategic Studies: New Zealand is an independent national think-tank, based at Victoria and supported by New Zealand government agencies, with the task of sustaining levels of awareness and understanding within New Zealand about the external environment in which the nation must operate in the 21st century. The Centre also leads national engagement in regional Track 2 diplomacy through its role as the designated New Zealand member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP).