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Research strengths

We have research strengths across a wide range of disciplines. Find out how our research expertise is having an impact in New Zealand and internationally.

Facts and figures

Funding into impact

We have outstanding productivity stats, with one of the highest rates of return per funding dollar of any New Zealand university.

Top 2% of 18,000

We rank in the top 2% of universities and have five stars in eight categories including research (QS World University Rankings).

$57 million

In 2017 Victoria researchers attracted approximately $57 million in external funding from grants, partnerships and individuals.

Research strengths in action

  • Advanced materials

    Our advanced materials researchers are among the very best in the world and are leading many international collaborations to improve our lives.

  • Public law

    Located at the centre of New Zealand political life, we are proud of our long history as the country's pre-eminent place to study and research public law.

  • Antarctic and climate change

    We are New Zealand's leading academic institution for vital Antarctic and climate change research and a global leader in this important field.

  • Organic chemistry

    Our researchers are working with world-class biologists and fellow global leaders in organic chemistry to tackle diseases such as cancer.

  • Asia-Pacific relations

    The political, economic, cultural and environmental significance of the Asia-Pacific has never been greater and our research spans all four aspects.

  • Artificial intelligence

    Victoria University researchers are leading the fields of machine learning, evolutionary computation and artificial intelligence.

Leading edge

New Zealand's number one university for research quality, we are also consistently recognised as high-performing by international measures.

Among the 24 individual subject areas where we are ranked first in New Zealand are psychology, mathematics, physics and music, literary and other arts.

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Partnerships and awards

Our researchers actively work with many organisations, from local and foreign government agencies to global corporations, including Google and NASA.

Our successes are underpinned by the research funding and awards that our highly regarded researchers attract.

Victoria successes

Research impact

Our research improves understanding and awareness around a range of local and global social, scientific and environmental issues. And we create new technologies that provide solutions to real-life problems.

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Research news and commentary

  • From tax incentives to cash grants, 'price signals' are the key to increasing the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand, writes Victoria University of Wellington Professor of Taxation Lisa Marriott.

  • The report into law firm Russell McVeagh is a model of frankness and it would be good to see similar acts of frankness elsewhere, such as in the public sector, writes Dr Geoff Plimmer from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Management.