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:

  • Our research vouchers are a great and accessible way of accessing our research expertise to work on a solution for 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.

Research and Development – Research Vouchers

No research challenge is too big or too small. Our researchers can bring their expertise to a very diverse range of projects from evaluating youth employment opportunities in remote rural communities, understanding the critical factors that affect small businesses and entrepreneurs when they trade internationally, to an application that allows dairy farmers to easily schedule rosters for their employees.

Working with us will give your organisation or business access to a large, global network of experts and cutting edge technology. Wintec makes available Research Vouchers of up to $5000 (conditions apply) to organisations and businesses to undertake small research projects. Research vouchers are ideally suited, but not limited to SMEs and not for profit organisation.

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 

    The 2017 Wintec Research Fellows are:

    • Professor Darren Rivett, University of Newcasle, Australia
    • 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
    • Dr Chrisna du Plesis, University of Pretoria, South Africa

    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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    Free workshops for postgraduate students @ Wintec 2017

    To support you in your postgraduate studies and research, we are offering a number of workshops throughout the year, free to all postgraduate students. Topics range from good time management, to academic writing at postgraduate level, ethics in research and editing and proofreading your written work.

    To register, please contact Linda at the Research and Postgraduate Office as places are limited. For the full schedule and registration details, click the yellow button below.

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    Innovations that Transform Societies

    Symposium and Expo held at Wintec, 4 – 5th July 2017

    This national, annual ITP symposium and expo offers exhibitions of innovations, workshops and a selection of global speakers and case studies focusing on innovations that transform societies. Contributions will be from across New Zealand as well as from international developers and innovation providers. 

    You can participate as a speaker, an exhibitor, or by attending and building networks and collaborations.  Our aim is that you walk away from the symposium with new and expanded opportunities available to develop solutions and innovations that transform societies.

    For the full details and to register as a participant, speaker or exhibitor, please go to:

    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

    Celine Kearney

    Celine Kearney

    Academic Staff Member in the Centre for Languages, Te Kura Whakako Reo. Celine's first degree was a liberal arts combination of English Literature, History, Political Philosophy and French at Otago University.

    Her enduring love of story and language was memorably nurtured in her Honours year through reading Beowulf, the eighth century Old English saga and other Old English poems. She then worked as a journalist, and a journalism teacher, and trained as a home tutor for refugees in Auckland. Celine later trained as  a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Dublin, Ireland.

    Nick Braae Square

    Nick Braae

    Senior Academic Staff member in the School of Media Arts, spent the first years of his musical life learning classical piano before branching out into jazz, pop and rock keyboards while at secondary school.

    He completed undergraduate degrees in Contemporary Music performance and Political Science at the University of Otago, before undertaking Honours, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Music at the University of Waikato.

    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.