Research and Innovation at Wintec

Wintec’s research is applied, diverse and makes a difference to benefit not only our students, but the wider community. Our staff are respected experts in their fields. Their research ensures that the programmes Wintec offers are relevant and are delivered with the future workforce in mind. Our research and innovation services are easy to access and we will work alongside you from the planning stage right though the implementation of a solution or innovation.  International and national partnerships create access to a wide network of experts as well as opportunities not just for our researchers and postgraduate students but also for our industry and community partners. Discover our research:  

Research and Innovation

In 2017, research across Wintec’s faculty focuses on the following themes:

Inclusive Culture, Language and Indigenous People

  1. Cultures, Indigenous Peoples, and Migration
  2. Languages and Literacies
  3. Māori and Pasifika

Innovation, Creativity, and Design

  1. Industrial and Product Design
  2. Experience design and customer-focused Innovation and co-creation
  3. Societal Innovation and co-creation

Human and Societal Health, Wellness and Performance

  1. Health and wellness
  2. Thriving and resilient communities
  3. Sport and Performance

Transformative technologies and the future of learning, workplaces and careers

  1. Technologies that transform society and work
  2. Future learning and learners
  3. Future workplace and careers

Regeneration, Revitalisation and Transformation

  1. Rural Environments and Communities
  2. Urban Environments and Communities
  3. Business, Society, Industries (Agriculture, Tourism, Manufacture and Export)

Research across Faculty

Research at Faculty is rich and multi-faceted, it underpins our teaching and learning provisions and integrates with external stakeholders as well, thus benefitting our students as well as the wider community.

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Industry and Community – Research for you

Make our expertise in research and innovation work for you. There are a number of ways in which we can assist you:

  • Access some of the top talent by placing a postgraduate student in your organisation, developing and implementing a solution for you.
  • Discuss your research and innovation requirements with us. A research contract with us will not only give you access to experts in the field, but the project will also benefit from our network of national and international partners and state-of-the-art facilities.

Make use of Wintec’s Research and Postgraduate Office. We have the capability and services to match your requirements with an appropriate solution. We manage the whole process to save you time and deliver quality results.

National and International Research Partnerships

Wintec researchers are part of collaborative projects nationally and internationally. Wintec also regularly invites international experts on a Research Fellowship to work on collaborative research projects with our staff and business partners.


Wintec has research connections with the following places around the world:

  • Swinburne Design Factory, Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures, Sydney, Australia
  • Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
  • Kyungpook University, Department of Chemical Engineering, South Korea
  • Mid Sweden University, Sweden
  • Design Swarm (IoT), London, UK
  • Ministry of Public Health Thailand
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Ecuador (part of a project team)
  • Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Nanjing, China
  • Chengdu University, Chengdu, China
  • Technical University of Liberec, Liberec, Czech Republic
  • University of Seville, Department of Industrial Management, Seville, Spain
  • Inje University, Inje, South Korea
  • Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden
  • Innovation Skåne AB, Lund, Sweden
  • Hame University of Applied Sciences, Sweden


    The 2017 Wintec Research Fellows are:Associate Professor Lucas Capek, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic

    • Dr Rhodri Lloyd, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
    • Dr Dominique Hes, Thrive Hub, University of Melbourne, Australia


    We look forward to welcoming them at Wintec. 

    Postgraduate Degrees

    Wintec offers postgraduate and Masters level programmes in Media Arts, Science (Sport and Exercise Science), Midwifery, Nursing and Social Practice, Business Informatics and Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation. As a postgraduate student, you will learn from the best and will be well supported throughout your studies by our experienced and respected supervisors, academic staff dedicated support staff. Wintec’s postgraduate programmes are designed with the 21st century workforce in mind.

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    Geo4Social workshop at Wintec, 21st November 2017

    Wintec’s Centre for Research & Applied Innovation and Land Information New Zealand are pleased to bring you “Geo4Social – An Introduction to Geospatial Information”

    This practical session is for anyone wanting to learn more about using Geospatial Information, and working in the Social Sectors including health, education, youth and related fields. Staff from community services and related NGO’s are also encouraged to attend.

    After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Understand and describe geospatial concepts such as layers
    • Find and access useful datasets such as Census demographics and the NZ Deprivation Indices.
    • Geolocate a client address list, describe and analyse geographic access to services.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities and potential benefits for an organisation.

    Draft Agenda:

    • Understanding geospatial concepts.
    • Find, access and use geospatial information services, sites and resources.
    • Make a map, share it online, visualise data from other sources.
    • Geolocate a list using addresses and analyse service areas.


    • Access a Gmail account (and know your password).
    • Morning tea served on arrival.

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    Symposium tackles hot tech topics

    The Internet of Things, circular economy, social change, innovation and entrepreneurship were hot topics at the #ITPNZ research symposium held at Wintec last week.

    It was an action-oriented two day event aiming to build international collaborations Keynotes and workshops focused on: Community Impact, Healthy Living and Ageing Well, Waste Management and Regenerative Practice.

    International Speakers included Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Designswarm, UK; Dr Vesa Salminen, HAMK University, Finland; Minna Takala, Häme Regional Council, Finland; Ola Svedin, Mobile Heights, Sweden and from Impact Hub, Jesper Kjellerås, Sweden and Wieke van der Zouwen, Holland (all pictured below).

    Check out a video of the event highlights here
    Research transdsciplinary staff

    From left, Lotta Bryant, Wintec, Vesa Salminen, Hame University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Mariana Van der Walt, Wintec, Jesper Kjelleras, Impact Hub, Sweden, Minna Takala, Hame Regional Council, Finland, Ola Svedin, Mobile Heights, Sweden, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Designswarm, UK and Wieke van der Zouwen, Impact Hub, Holland.

    The 2017 Trust Waikato Student and Staff Fund for research at Wintec

    Wintec, in partnership with Trust Waikato is able to offer funding for community oriented research projects and initiatives for both staff and students which support and advance social innovation in the region.

    Projects must seek overall community strengthening and regeneration, working towards the chosen community becoming a better place to live – culturally, socially, aesthetically and economically – and being perceived as such by its citizens.  Long-term benefits are expected to include:

    • Enhanced community networking and communications at all levels
    • A strengthened (informal and formal) community support sector
    • Improved and expanded appropriate social services
    • Strengthened and diversified economies
    • Increased social and cultural opportunities
    • Development of civic pride, community engagement and sense of ownership.

    For the full application details, please contact We are looking forward to your application!

    Community steels itself for Hamilton’s waka sculpture

    A highly interactive waka sculpture planned for Hamilton’s Ferrybank Reserve on the Waikato River needs donors to come on board and fund the steel to make this six metre sculpture a reality in 2018.

    New research on overseas drivers challenges perceptions

    A Wintec research project has exposed some interesting findings about overseas drivers, their driving behaviour and accidents on New Zealand roads.

    Our Researchers

    Lotta Bryant

    Lotta Bryant

    Social Innovation Programmes Manager in the Centre for Research and Applied Innovation

    Lotta’s social innovation interest is particularly focused around working with youth and elderly, and the use of technology to make a difference for ageing and vulnerable people.

    Prashant Khanna

    Prashant Khanna

    Academic Staff member in CFIT (Centre for Information Technology)

    Prashant has been in the industry and academic research domain for over two decades, initially as part of his career in the Indian Army. His interests, in the 90s, were around the theme of networking and the practical ways in which it should be implemented within government organisations.

    Researcher Resources

    The Research and Postgraduate Office (RPGO) is the hub for staff and student researchers. It works collaboratively with researchers and Research Leaders to assist with research planning, proposal writing as well as ethics applications and the administration of research funding. It provides additional opportunities such as Wintec’s bi-annual writers retreat, editing and transcribing services, additional postgraduate workshops and supervision training.

    We are located in D Block at the Wintec City Campus and you can contact us via

    Research and Postgraduate Calendar 2017

    The calendar gives you a good overview of dates for workshops, writers retreats, events at Wintec, deadlines and meetings this year. It will be updated regularly.