AUT Impact

At AUT, we believe in the value of ideas that make a difference in leading change. Through our AUT Impact conversation series, we are bringing expert knowledge, critical thought and diverse perspectives to the biggest issues facing our communities and our country.

In this series, our experts explore the issues New Zealanders are talking about and the topics that matter to you.

Introduction to AUT Impact

Welcome to AUT Impact, a series of on-demand public talks that is a place where big ideas and conversations converge and come to life. AUT Vice-Chancellor, Professor Damon Salesa, introduces this new series of talks where speakers who are experts in their field tackle subjects that broaden our perspectives and contribute to the local or national debate.

What’s my future? Solutions to New Zealand’s cost of living crisis

Food insecurity, rising rents, out of control inflation, households under pressure... For an increasing number of New Zealanders, the rising cost of living has reached a crisis point, with no end in sight. Our experts share their insights into the crisis and discuss what needs to happen to turn things around.

What Taylor Swift tells us about society

Sixty years ago, the Beatles' hard-currency foreign earnings were credited with helping save the British Pound from being devalued. In 2024, another global pop sensation, Taylor Swift, is being credited for having a similar impact. Fresh off the back of the Swiftposium, an international academic conference which saw scholars engage in critical dialogue about Swift’s popularity, two of the masterminds behind the event discuss the singer’s impact and influence, and how it is shaping our society.

Get to know more AUT thought leaders

AUT’s world-class researchers are widely known for playing a critical role in shaping the future through their expertise, and we’re proud of the community of thinkers you can find at our university.


Explore AUT research

AUT research is focused on real-world impact, and we're known as a leading research university with innovative research that addresses issues facing the environment, society and the world.

Research at AUT

Make an impact with an AUT degree

Interested in the topics covered in AUT Impact? Take your knowledge further with an AUT qualification. We’re one of the largest universities in New Zealand, with over 250 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across three campuses.