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.

    Foot research puts new twist on reducing netball injuries

    Wintec sport science student Terrina Chapman is working to reduce netball injury

    Wintec student Terrina Chapman is working on a research project to reduce injury for New Zealand’s most popular women’s sport with Hamilton City Netball Centre.

    Netball is New Zealand’s most popular women’s sport, attracting more than 300,000 players each year.

    The fast-paced nature of the game - which makes it so thrilling to play and watch – also means that ankle injuries are exceptionally common, with at least 500 Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) claims received each year for ankle injuries that occur during outdoor netball alone.

    Wintec Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) student, Terrina Chapman, is hoping her research will help reduce the number of ankle-related injuries in the game.

    Terrina has been working with Hamilton City Netball Centre to investigate the effectiveness of foot-core exercise training on ankle function and balance in female youth netball players.

    “Feet form the foundation for turning movements and accelerating and decelerating motions. These movements are an integral part of netball, so it’s essential that athletes are strong from the ground up, to better support what they’re doing on court,” says Terrina.

    Her practical research is based on renowned sports science researcher, Patrick McKeon’s concept ‘the Foot-Core system’ which suggests that increasing foot muscle strength can improve ankle function which can contribute to improving overall function of the body. Terrina is applying this in a youth netball setting.

    “I designed a foot-core exercise programme and ran two weeks of testing and eight weeks of foot-core training with 20 netball players (10 in the foot-core training group and 10 in the control group). The results showed improvements in all areas and suggest that foot-core training can help improve static balance,” says Terrina.

    “I hope my research will contribute to further research as I believe foot-core training plays a beneficial role in improving movement technique for netball training and playing performance,” she adds.

    This research is an example of how Wintec and Hamilton City Netball Centre are working together for the betterment of netball athletes. The two organisations partnered in 2016 when Wintec students were given internships at Hamilton City Netball Centre, initially providing sports massage to the centre’s athletes.

    While Wintec students still provide basic services such as massage, strapping and first aid throughout the netball season, they also now offer strength and conditioning support, injury management and nutrition advice, undertake athlete testing and facilitate parent and athlete workshops.

    “As the relationship develops, we are discovering different ways Wintec students can add benefits to our members and to our game. The students bring knowledge and ideas we wouldn’t be able to access otherwise, while the Centre provides practical real-life experiences, so the students can put their knowledge into practise,” says Clare Frankhouser, Hamilton City Netball Centre Manager.

    Wintec Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance director, Greg Smith, agrees with Clare.

    “This student placement model allows our students to engage with the netball community whilst carrying out their hands-on learning and research so it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

    “We are working towards reducing injury across all of Hamilton City Netball Centre’s squads and are also keen to explore athlete monitoring strategies, with a view to identifying athletes prior to the onset of injury and associated symptoms.”

    Find out more about Wintec’s Sport Science and Human Performance programmes.

    Find out more about Hamilton City Netball Centre.

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