About us

Learn more about the Institute, its goals and its research.

Professor Sekhar Bandyopadhyay, Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute

The New Zealand India Research Institute was established by the Council of Victoria University of Wellington in October 2012 as a consortium of scholars actively engaged in research on India in five New Zealand universities (Victoria, Otago, Canterbury, Massey and Auckland). The Auckland University of Technology and Waikato University joined subsequently.

Our goals

  • promote and facilitate research on India and NZ-India relations
  • increase visibility of India related research done in NZ
  • promote postgraduate studies on India in NZ universities
  • promote academic exchanges between India scholars in NZ, India and other parts of the world – at institutional as well as individual level
  • contribute to academic capacity building in NZ and India
  • engage with government, business and community organisations on India related policy research

Our research

Research activities of the India Institute will focus on five thematic areas:

  • Society and culture
  • Migration and diaspora
  • Economics and business
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Politics and security.

Our location

The main administrative centre of the India Institute is located at Victoria University of Wellington, and is a part of the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Institute is currently housed within the History Department,  Level 4, Old Kirk Building, Victoria University. Get in touch via email at india-research@vuw.ac.nz or phone +64 04 463 5344

Our Governing Body and Advisory Board

The Institute has a Governing Body consisting of the Director stationed at Victoria University and Associate Directors appointed for each of the six other campuses. There is an Advisory Board, which meets twice a year to provide guidance on the programmes of the Institute. For more information, please see the staff page.