Research news and commentary

Keep up to date with the latest discoveries and research developments and opinions from Victoria University of Wellington.

    What could a New Zealand space programme look like?

    As we mark the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon, Dr Nick Long, Director of Victoria University of Wellington's Robinson Research Institute, reflects on what that's meant for New Zealand and considers the space 'gold rush' ahead.

    Inside the nuances of corporate responsibility

    Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor in Public Policy and Sustainability Valentina Dinica weighs the balance between business and conservation responsibilities.

    From pets to burgers – behind our eco-footprints

    Some pets can have an annual ecological footprint equivalent to a car travelling 10,000 kilometres a year, points out the recipient of Victoria University of Wellington's inaugural Staff Sustainability Excellence Award, Professor Brenda Vale.

    Taking the fight to short-termism in government

    Parliamentary scrutiny of quality of long-term governance in New Zealand is limited, ad hoc and unsystematic. So what are the solutions, asks Professor Jonathan Boston from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Government.

    Bipartisan approach will get best of wellbeing

    Victoria University of Wellington Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy Professor Arthur Grimes looks at how putting the former and current Governments' approaches together would achieve significant improvement in areas direly needing it.

    Why the Australasian Health Star Rating needs major changes

    After five years, it's time to reconsider and improve key aspects of a noble food initiative, write Victoria University of Wellington's Dr Jessica C Lai, Associate Professor Hongzhi Gao, Associate Professor Samuel Becher and Alana Harrison.

    AI and employment is a work in progress

    The implications for recruitment and 'dependent contractors' are discussed in the last of three Victoria University of Wellington-hosted debates on the future of artificial intelligence.