Our teams, disciplines and expertise

Our researchers have prodigious expertise across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas and are ever-eager to establish new research partnerships or engage in collaborative research with other Te Pukenga subsidiaries, universities, industry and professional organisations, and community organisations.

We have strong research teams in the specialised areas of engineering, digital technologies, business, social work, education, business, nursing, health and counselling, and sports and exercise science. While our researchers are associated with a school, they participate in cross-discipline research projects and you can find research profiles below. The institute has also taken initiatives to establish two applied research centres and a postgraduate research lab.

Applied business research centre

The Applied Business Research Centre is associated with the school of business and located in our Manukau campus. The centre will be lead by a fulltime Principal Investigator with significant experience in applied research in the business discipline. Approximately ten research-active academics will be associated with the centre, drawn from the school of business and depending on the nature of the project, other associated disciplines, for example, IT, engineering, social work and counselling. An applied research project will focus on solving a current issue encompassing one or more areas of accounting, finance, marketing, HR, corporate governance, business systems, etc.

For further details please contact the Research Coordinator at research@manukau.ac.nz or the school of business’ Academic Lead (Research) at business.research@manukau.ac.nz.

Applied nursing and health research centre

The Applied Nursing and Health Research Centre will undertake one or more applied research projects in collaboration and partnership with medical practising and health organisations. The centre is associated with the school of nursing and will be led by a full-time principal investigator who will have significant experience in applied research in nursing and health education and practice. Approximately ten research-active academics will be associated with the centre, drawn from the school of nursing and possibly other related disciplines, for example, counselling, social work and IT. The centre will undertake one or more applied research projects in collaboration and partnership with medical and health service organisations. An applied research project will focus on solving a current issue encompassing one or more areas of nursing education and practices, etc.

For further details please contact the Research Coordinator at research@manukau.ac.nz or the school of nursing’s Academic Lead (Research) at nursing.research@manukau.ac.nz.

Postgraduate research in digital technologies

Digital technology has facilitated the ability to create, store, process and communicate information in new ways. The approach is driven by data, facilitating connectivity (Internet of Things and 5G), artificial intelligence, machine learning and new forms of human-machine interface. The school of digital technologies provides an exciting research lab in data analytics and cyber-security for postgraduate students. The students are usually linked to major companies, have access to extensive research and computing facilities, and have the opportunity to participate in large scale international collaborative projects, providing them with exceptional insight into the world of digital technologies.

For further details please contact the Research Coordinator at research@manukau.ac.nz or the school of digital technology’s Academic Lead (Research) at digitaltechnologies.research@manukau.ac.nz.