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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    Our Researchers

    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.

    Engineering conference to bring boost to Hamilton

    Engineering is one of the Waikato’s most robust industries so it’s apt that the regions two largest educational providers Wintec and the University of Waikato have joined forces to host the AAEE conference

    Engineering is one of the Waikato’s most robust industries so it’s apt that the regions two largest educational providers have joined forces to host the Australasian Association for Engineering Education’s (AAEE) annual conference in December this year.

    Wintec and the University of Waikato will host AAEE’s 29th annual conference on 9-12 December 2018. This is the first time the conference has been held in the Waikato.

    Team manager for Wintec’s Centre for Engineering and Industrial Design (CEID) and AAEE Executive Committee member, Dr Trudy Harris is thrilled that the joint bid to host the conference in Hamilton was successful.

    “It’s really exciting to bring this international conference to New Zealand and Hamilton. This conference is an important arena to share teaching practice and research in Engineering Education within Australasia. The changes we make today in our teaching will ultimately produce the engineering graduates of the future.”

    The conference will be attended by around 250 engineering educators from universities, institutes of technology, Industry Training Organisations, industry, engineering professional bodies and secondary schools from throughout New Zealand and Australia.

    The conference theme is ‘Future Engineer: Accounting for Diversity’ and the association is now welcoming conference submissions from those interested in presenting at the conference.

    If you are an educator, employee or employer in the engineering and education community, and are interested in submitting a proposal, you can find more information here. The closing date for abstract submissions is 5pm on Friday 4 May.

    Conference presentations and workshops will focus on teaching methods, theory, philosophy and application; student, academic and industry needs; cultural perspectives; and current issues such as catering to diverse needs and preparing students for the workplace.

    Wintec will kick off the conference with registration and a traditional Māori welcome at our Rotokauri campus on Sunday 9 December.

    You can find out more about the AAEE conference here.

    More about AAEE

    The Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) is a professional association of academics, support staff, postgraduate students, librarians, professional engineers, and employers who all have vested interests in fostering excellence and innovation in engineering education.

    The general mission of AAEE is to improve the quality, relevance and performance of engineering education in New Zealand and Australia.

    Image: Wintec civil engineering students working on a project by the Waikato River in Hamilton.