Research news and commentary

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

    Say no to farming 'silver bullets'

    The fundamental problem with silver bullets is they permit a 'business as usual' approach when that is neither ecologically sustainable nor economically desirable, write Peter Fraser and Dr Mike Joy from Victoria University of Wellington's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.

    Christchurch terrorist failed to sow distrust

    Victoria University of Wellington's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies wanted to check if the terror attacks in Christchurch achieved an aim of sowing distrust and suspicion in society, and its findings are bad news for the perpetrator, write Dr Simon Chapple and Dr Kate Prickett.

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    Time to take LAWS into our own hands

    New Zealand should add to its proud legacy of moral leadership and support a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems, write artificial intelligence experts Professor Michael Winikoff, Professor Stephen Cranefield and Associate Professor Alistair Knott.

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    Food tourism in Asia

    Food provides tourists with a deeper insight into the places they are visiting, write Victoria University of Wellington's Dr Eerang Park and Associate Professor Ian Yeoman ahead of their Wellington on a Plate event.

    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.