Research Institutes and Research Centres - Research & Innovation - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Research Institutes and Centres

National Centre of Research Excellence


QuakeCoRE is a Centre of Research Excellence for earthquake resilience, commencing in 2016. QuakeCoRE is a joint effort with Auckland University, its Director will be Professor Ken Elwood from Auckland University, the Deputy Director will be UC’s Associate Professor Brendon Bradley; the Centre will be hosted by UC. One of the aims of the QuakeCoRE is to improve the performance of New Zealand infrastructure in future earthquakes, reduce injury and loss of life, and to ensure essential post-disaster services are able to operate as normally as possible. While centred on engineering, the centre will bring in several disciplines.

Research Institutes

Biomolecular Interaction Centre (BIC)
The Biomolecular Interaction Centre researches molecular interactions critical to biological function. Understanding biomolecular interactions is central to a range of fundamental sciences, new treatments for disease, and a wide range of highly functional products.

Geospatial Research Institute (GRI)
The Geospatial Research Institute (GRI) Toi Hangarau is a multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to outward-facing, collaborative geospatial research and innovation. The GRI will be deeply involved in connecting geospatial research to a range of types of end users, through commercialisation, research co-innovation and co-design in partnership with end users, in areas ranging from UAV deployment, business information management, spatial analytics for social investment, resource co-management, and location-informed precision agriculture technologies.

New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB)
The New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour is a multidisciplinary centre dedicated to the study of human language. Its researchers cover fields such as linguistics, speech production and perception, language acquisition, language disorders, special cognition, memory, brain imaging, cognitive science, bilingual education and interface technologies.

Research Centres

Information is available for the establishment and management of UC Research Centres.

The University of Canterbury is home to a number of Research Centres:

Biomathematics Research Centre
The Centre promotes biomathematics and biostatistics, with collaborative projects between biologists and staff in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Centre for Atmospheric Research
Hosted in the Department of Geography, this Centre undertakes teaching and collaborative research into atmospheric processes.

Centre for Bioengineering
The Centre for Bioengineering aims to be an internationally recognised interdisciplinary research centre of excellence, dedicated to servicing the biotech/bioengineering industry in New Zealand and throughout the world.

Centre for Integrated Research on Biosafety (INBI)
The Centre for Integrated Research on Biosafety aims to contribute to the increased understanding and more effective management of emerging biotechnologies.

Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring [CEM(NZ)]
The Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring CEM (NZ) is a distributive research unit with international links, providing high quality statistical measurement and value added analysis for schools. CEM(NZ) is committed to applying best standards for its top quality tests, questionnaires, analysis and indicator systems.

Centre of Excellence for Aquaculture and Marine Ecology (CEAME)
The Centre is a partnership between the Zoology Department and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to promote and enhance excellence in aquaculture and marine ecological research.

Electric Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre)
The purpose of the Centre is to promote and support the education of electric power engineers, and the study of power engineering at the University as a field of excellence in New Zealand.

Gateway Antarctica
The Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research aims to contribute to increased understanding and more effective management of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. It also runs the Post Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies programme.

GeoHealth Laboratory
The GeoHealth Laboratory undertakes applied research in the areas of health geography, spatial epidemiology and Geographical Information Systems. In particular, work in the GeoHealth Laboratory focuses upon how the local and national contexts shape health outcomes and health inequalities.

Human Interface Technology Laboratory of New Zealand (HITLabNZ)
The HITLabNZ is an annex of the HitLab of the University of Washington, and has been established to take advantage of opportunities to develop new more effective and intuitive interfaces to link humans with computers and computer-based systems.

Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies
The Centre was established in 1988 at the University of Canterbury to facilitate the 'investigation and research of the history, traditions, customs, laws, and ideas of the peoples of the Pacific generally.' The main areas of research of the Centre are the societies and cultures, past and present, of the indigenous peoples of Oceania (including New Zealand).

National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE)
This multidisciplinary Centre exists to stimulate and develop post-graduate research in a range of European topics and to raise awareness of Europe within New Zealand.

Natural Hazards Research Centre (NHRC)
New Zealand is a country with many natural hazards. Researchers are involved in the study of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and the engineering of structures to mitigate risk.

New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZCHAS)
Hosted by the School of Culture, Literature and Society in the College of Arts, this Centre is the only one of its kind in New Zealand, focusing on the study of non human animals, and human-animal relations, from both humanities and social science perspectives.

New Zealand Experimental Economics Laboratory (NZEEL)
Housed in the College of Business and Law, NZEEL is the home of cutting edge experimental research and teaching in social science.

New Zealand South Asia Centre (NZSAC)
The New Zealand South Asia Centre at the University of Canterbury is designed to promote recognition and understanding of South Asian societies and cultures in New Zealand. NZSAC fosters cooperation with academic and other institutions in this country and abroad. It brings together scholars and students, politicians and entrepreneurs and provides a platform for collaborative research, education and consultancy.

Ngai Tahu Research Centre
The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre (NTRC) was established in August 2011 as a joint initiative between Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury. The NTRC was founded for the purpose of being a leader in indigenous scholarship and to provide a centre for the intellectual capital and development of Ngāi Tahu.

Rose Centre
The University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research at St Georges Medical Centre was established in 2014 due to the generosity of Mrs Shirley Rose, who spent many of her final years tending to the disability created by stroke in her husband.

This new state of the art facility builds on the successes of the current Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Laboratory and will extend this research and clinical expertise to address all aspects of rehabilitation in this population.

Social Science Research Centre (SSRC)
An inter-disciplinary Centre with a key aim to provide a clearer focus for social science research, both within the University of Canterbury and the broader Canterbury region.

Spatial Engineering Research Centre
The Spatial Engineering Research Centre, housed within the College of Engineering, undertakes research that focuses on geospatial technologies and disciplines, including positioning and orientation, imaging and image analysis, communications and signal analysis, sensor integration, and geospatial information systems (GIS).

Te Awatea Violence Research Centre
Hosted by the Department of Social Work, the Centre aims to expand and enhance community understanding of various forms of violence and to offer evidence-based information about how violence might be prevented and reduced.

Te Puna Puoru National Centre for Research in Music Education and Sound Arts (MERC)
The National Centre for Research in Music Education and Sound Arts, set up in 2006, serves as the national hub for the coordination of and contribution to research in music education and sound arts. It aims to increase understanding and knowledge of the musical arts in education and in the wider community. MERC is devoted to developing the national and international profile of music education in Aotearoa New Zealand through its activities, partnerships and collaborations.

UC HPC (University of Canterbury High Performance Computing)
UC HPC is a high performance e-research computing service facility based at the University of Canterbury. UC HPC facilitates research that depends on access to high performance computational resources. UC HPC operates in a collaborative partnership with New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), a nation-wide supercomputer network. Our vision is to provide researchers with easy and convenient access to world class supercomputers.

UC Quake Centre
The Quake Centre has been established in response to the Canterbury earthquakes, to deliver tomorrow's earthquake engineering solutions today, for Christchurch, New Zealand and the world.
UC Quake Centre has skills in geotechnical engineering, reinforced concrete, structural steel, bridges and lifelines and seismic risk and loss. These skills underpin our delivery of professional courses, testing services, risk identification and development of new solutions to ensure New Zealand's earthquake resilient future.

Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management
The Waterways Centre is a joint initiative between the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. It is a centre for both education and research. The Centre is focussed on improving knowledge-driven management of freshwater resources in Canterbury, and aims to address national and international water management issues. The Centre offers university level courses and qualifications at both Universities.

Wireless Research Centre (WRC)
The WRC is working towards being an internationally recognised worldclass centre of excellence in industry-led wireless research that supports and delivers focused innovative research, whilst growing the pool and knowledge of wireless graduates.

Wood Technology Research Centre
The Centre was established in 1996 as a means of information exchange among staff engaged in wood-related research and to facilitate research programmes and technology transfer to end users.



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