Research news and commentary

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

    A celebration of the fabric of modern NZ

    ASB Polyfest's Diversity Stage is a vibrant space that enables ethnic groups not only to maintain older cultural traditions, but also create 'new' cultural identities, write Dr Bronwyn Wood and Master's alumna Milica Homolja from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Education.

    How capital gains tax could benefit art

    The New Zealand Tax Working Group's proposals around art are a nudge in the right direction, but need to go further, argues Dr Jonathan Barrett from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Accounting and Commercial Law.

    The patent paradox

    Excessive intellectual property restrictions lock up innovation in the name of protecting it and can only harm a small economy such as New Zealand, argues Victoria University of Wellington's Professor Susy Frankel.

    The fast food culture of the State Services Commission

    Could the Commission's exceptionally high staff turnover rates help explain why the public sector reform process is such a mess, asks Dr Simon Chapple, Director of Victoria University of Wellington's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.

    Research rethinks tutorial teaching

    Findings favour more use of graduate student tutors to free up professors, write Dr Jan Feld from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Economics and Finance, Dr Nicolás Salamanca from the University of Melbourne and Assistant Professor Ulf Zölitz from the University of Zürich.

    Designing cities for climate change

    Topography is the key to protecting indigenous plant life and improving human health, says Victoria University of Wellington PhD student Amin Rastandeh.

    Spinning into a freshwater grave

    PR obfuscation and denial achieve nothing and only limit the chances of necessary environmental change occurring, writes Dr Mike Joy from Victoria University of Wellington's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.