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

    Tupperware Tuesday is one of the sustainability projects students are running to influence behaviour

    How to motivate a pro-environmental populace

    Dr Wokje Abrahamse from Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences explores ways to influence people towards more environmentally sustainable behaviour.

    Saving ‘ugly duckling’ buildings from demolition

    Without protection, some structures may soon become gaping holes in our heritage stock and historical understanding of New Zealand, writes Christine McCarthy from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Architecture.

    Why dark tourism is neither new nor weird

    For many, visiting sites of atrocity or disaster provides a connection to events they have learned about but not experienced, writes Dr Caroline Bennett from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Social and Cultural Studies.

    Renewable energy: decarbonise, decentralise and digitalise

    Professor Alan Brent from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Engineering and Computer Science assesses how well New Zealand is doing with the trinity of energy priorities necessary to tackle global warming.

    ‘Waka lab’ among recipients of $14.5m Marsden Fund boost

    A ‘waka laboratory’ to sample gas emissions from some of the world’s most inaccessible volcanoes is among 22 Victoria University of Wellington-led projects to receive more than $14.5 million from the Government’s Marsden Fund for innovative thinking by top researchers.

    Our role in fake news

    It is up to us as individuals to take responsibility, writes Associate Professor Val Hooper, Head of Victoria University of Wellington's School of Marketing and International Business and a panellist in its 'Open knowledge versus fake news' event.

    Fake news the result of cognitive bias

    To combat fake news, 'we have to overcome the human condition and several millennia worth of political tradition', writes Associate Professor Michael Macaulay from Victoria University of Wellington's School of Government.

    A little creative accounting to fund politics

    Victoria University of Wellington Professor of Comparative Politics Jack Vowles explains why taxpayer funding of parliamentary parties should continue, arguing we just need to think outside the box.

    From lascars to skilled migrants: Indians in Australasia

    The Indian community in the two countries is big and broad-ranging, just like its story over the past 250 years, write Victoria University of Wellington Professor of Asian History Sekhar Bandyopadhyay and University of Canterbury Associate Professor of History Jane Buckingham.