Postgraduate and researchers news

Dr Sione Vaka

AUT Pacific researchers win HRC funding

Health sciences
23 Nov, 2020
Five Pacific researchers have received 2021 Pacific Health Career Development Awards’ from the Health Research Council (HRC).
Ayan

A quiet activist

Health sciences
17 Nov, 2020
Ayan Said has walked alongside migrant and refugee communities for a decade, unpacking a deeply cultural and sensitive issue, and holding space for change.
Dr Cassandra Fleming

AUT success with Marsden funding

12 Nov, 2020
Two AUT academics have won 2020 Marsden funding for research projects.
A misty forest.

A roadmap to action for climate finance

Social sciences and public policy
10 Nov, 2020
AUT academics have helped put together a comprehensive new report on how we can reform our financial system to help fight the climate crisis.
Headshot of Tago Mharapara and Katherine Ravenswood

Business School wins health funding

06 Nov, 2020
The Health Research Council (HRC) has awarded funding to two research proposals led by academics in the Business School.
Professor Tarling

A new PhD scholarship

Language and culture
03 Nov, 2020
A new scholarship worth $10,000 will support a student starting or undertaking their PhD at AUT in a topic focused on Southeast Asia.
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Business School excellence at AI event

Business
02 Nov, 2020
Lena Waizenegger (Business Information Systems) welcomed the chance to share her research in person at the recent Artificial Intelligence show in Auckland.
Professor Sebastian Leuzinger

5 questions: Prof. Sebastian Leuzinger

Science
30 Oct, 2020
We asked Professor Sebastian Leuzinger five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo

Language fluency and mental disorders

Health sciences
28 Oct, 2020
A study of Pacific mothers in New Zealand reveals that being fluent in both English and Pacific languages may decrease the likelihood of postpartum mental
Agathis australis

Indigenous names valuable to science

Science
27 Oct, 2020
Professor Len Gillman says indigenous names for plants and animals should be restored within the scientific naming system.
Rosa Kalauni smiling in front of a classroom whiteboard.

Hope for the Niuean language in Aotearoa

23 Oct, 2020
Learning the Niuean language and the culture embedded within it can bring identity and self-esteem, AUT alumna Rosa Kalauni says.
Picture of a laptop and stethoscope

Increasing doctor wellbeing

Social sciences and public policy
22 Oct, 2020
New research establishes an association between the daily mood of trainee doctors and their intention to quit.
Girls playing netball

Sport clubs face COVID financial pain

Sport and recreation
09 Oct, 2020
Sports clubs connected to NZ’s most traditional codes report being “hit hard” by the impact of COVID-19 according to the 2020 National Sport Club Survey.
Dr Bradley Case

Sheep and beef farms near carbon neutral

Science
09 Oct, 2020
AUT research has found New Zealand’s sheep and beef farms are already close to being carbon neutral.
MBIE investigators

Data Science for Mental Health

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
09 Oct, 2020
AUT has secured more than $2.1m to develop new data science technology for mental health diagnosis in MBIE Catalyst Programme.
Professor Jarrod Haar

Evidence crucial in uncertain times

Business
08 Oct, 2020
For Professor Jarrod Haar, COVID-19 has provided a chance to learn and share valuable findings about how the pandemic impacts Kiwi workplaces.
Guy Littlefair

Design & Creative Tech Postgrad Awards

07 Oct, 2020
The 2020 Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies Postgraduate Awards recognise the top honours, master’s and doctoral students who graduated in 2020.
Professor Nicola Kayes

Understanding changes in grey matter

Health sciences
01 Oct, 2020
An AUT health design project aims to alleviate the uncertainty that older people experience as they navigate changes to their memory and thinking.
Headshot of AUT Law expert Christopher Whitehead

Does travel insurance have a future?

Law
01 Oct, 2020
The Law School’s Christopher Whitehead discusses the complex world of travel, insurance, and legalese in pandemic times.
sugary drink

Carb cut could improve Covid-19 outcomes

Health sciences
30 Sep, 2020
Simple diet changes can reduce Covid-19 potential impact says an AUT author in the British Medical Journal.
Blue Economy research

$2.7m for offshore aquaculture

Science
29 Sep, 2020
AUT ecologist Dr Kay Vopel is leading a project to develop new protocols for offshore fish farming.
Associate Professor Andrew Gibbons standing in a classroom.

ECE positive for social outcomes

23 Sep, 2020
New research has found that children who attend ECE have fewer emotional difficulties and better peer relations, but are more prone to common illnesses.
Power grid

Joint research of NZ’s future power grid

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
22 Sep, 2020
AUT researchers are part of a multi-university project on New Zealand’s future power grid.
A homeless man sitting crossed legs with a cup in front.

New tool to help the homeless

Social sciences and public policy
21 Sep, 2020
A world-first machine learning tool developed at AUT for a county in the United States, accurately prioritises requests for housing help.
*get over yourself* by Alyssa Pua (2020 Best Awards Finalist (Graphic))

AUT 2020 Best Awards finalists

18 Sep, 2020
Thirty-six projects from AUT are finalists for the 2020 Best Awards.
Jarrod Haar

Good leadership and te reo Maori

Business
17 Sep, 2020
A “servant” style of leadership can enhance the way employees understand and use te reo Māori, according to new research by Professor Jarrod Haar.
Heather Came

The public sector ethnic pay gap

Health sciences
17 Sep, 2020
A new study reveals significant ethnic pay disparities within the top tiers of New Zealand’s core public sector and district health boards.
Acoustic panels

The Sound of a Quality Education

15 Sep, 2020
PhD scholar in architectural engineering Megan Burfoot says better classroom acoustics will result in better education outcomes.
Research funding story

Enhancing urban regeneration

15 Sep, 2020
A research team has secured $7.95m to quantify the societal impact of major urban regeneration projects currently taking place across the country.
Competition winners

Meet the AUT 3MT Competition winners

08 Sep, 2020
Read more about the winners of the 2020 Virtual AUT 3MT Competition.
A pair of anemonefish hiding from divers in tentacles of their host anemone. Picture by Evan Brown, Auckland University of Technology, taken during an AUT marine biology fieldtrip for Pacific Island Ecosystems to the Solomon Islands

Scaring Nemo

Science
03 Sep, 2020
How do clownfish on coral reefs react to encounters with humans?
Rita

Study reveals low stroke awareness

Health sciences
03 Sep, 2020
A national survey shows that stroke is not recognised as a major cause of death. It also reveals low-level awareness of stroke among Pacific peoples.
Paro Seal

Robot hygiene important too

Health sciences
26 Aug, 2020
AUT nursing lecturer Dr Rhona Winnington, underlines significance of cleaning for robotic support pets used to support people with dementia.
Professor Valery Feigin

Stroke screening has no real effect

Health sciences
25 Aug, 2020
Professor Valery Feigin says a radical change in stroke prevention and treatment is needed in the current global health and economic crisis.
Virtual team meetings

Virtual meetings help team inclusion

Business
13 Aug, 2020
The first empirical study of its kind shows the pros and cons of COVID-enforced work from home – and how we can do it better this time around.
A health practitioner examines a child that has a cast on her arm.

Algorithm predicts child injuries

Social sciences and public policy
04 Aug, 2020
New AUT research confirms the value of predictive risk modelling technology to support child maltreatment decisions.
Associate Professor Barbara Bollard in Antarctica

Q&A with Assoc Professor Bollard: Collecting data in Antarctica

30 Jul, 2020
Q&A with Associate Professor Bollard about collecting data in Antarctica.
AUT Digital Design PhD student Katarina Markovic

Q&A with Digital Design PhD student Katarina Markovic – Heritage Preservation through VR storytelling

Art and design
30 Jul, 2020
Q&A with digital design PhD student Katarina Markovic about heritage preservation and VR storytelling.
Prof Andrea Alfaro_1

AUT and Ocean Beach: Bluff aquaculture

Science
27 Jul, 2020
The owners of the former Ocean Beach freezing works have partnered with AUT to turn its Southland site into a centre of excellence for aquaculture.
Kat Bolstad

Scientists dissect squid named by alum

Science
24 Jul, 2020
For his PhD, AUT alumnus Dr Jesse Kelly described and named a rare genus of deep-sea squid; a specimen of which was recently dissected by NZ scientists.
Keith Tudor

Pioneers of Co-creative TA celebrated

Health sciences
24 Jul, 2020
AUT Professor of Psychotherapy, Keith Tudor, has received the 2020 Eric Berne Memorial Award in Transactional Analysis (TA).
Vivian's story was brought to life in the form of a graphic novel illustrated by AUT Dr Tatiana Tavares.

A new way of research storytelling

Art and design
20 Jul, 2020
Vivian is a graphic novel about the intersections between gender and palliative care.
Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo with his child on his knee.

Fathers, let’s think of the kids

Health sciences
17 Jul, 2020
Spending quality time with our children and being involved in their lives will help them through these uncertain times.
Patria Hume

The lasting impacts of rugby injuries

Sport and recreation
17 Jul, 2020
A UK study of former rugby players shows they continue to suffer a high ‘injury load’ after retirement from the sport.
Football robot with boy

Smart toys exposing kids to risk

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
06 Jul, 2020
Postgraduate student Nicole Girvan was concerned the growing prevalence of smart toys was putting Kiwi kids at risk.
Warkworth

Researcher appointed to global network

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
02 Jul, 2020
Dr Stuart Weston has been appointed to the International VLBI Service (IVS), a global network of radio telescopes.
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HRC grants for three AUT researchers

02 Jul, 2020
AUT researchers working on stroke, exercise science and traumatic brain injury research have received Health Research Council grants.
Dr Atakohu Middleton in front of the wharenui at AUT.

Turning the lens on Māori journalism

25 Jun, 2020
What is Māori-language news journalism? It’s not exactly like its mainstream, English-language cousin.
Sandra Grau Bartual

Technology to reduce spread of COVID-19

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
25 Jun, 2020
AUT researchers have secured funding to produce a prototype of a new humidifier aiming to reduce the spread of viruses like COVID-19 in hospital settings.
Professor David Robie and Pacific Media Watch project contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi.

$10k climate and Covid-19 grant

Communication studies
23 Jun, 2020
EJN will partner with AUT Pacific Media Centre on a $10k “climate and covid project to help improve environmental reporting in the Pacific region.
AUT Ecologist Dr Bradley Case

Study - Non-crop vegetation helps farms

Science
17 Jun, 2020
Non-productive vegetation on farms can increase ecosystem services such as decomposition and nitrogen mineralisation, according to a recent study.
Lindsey White

AUT research guides Blue Economy project

Science
12 Jun, 2020
AUT has commenced work on five studies which will guide international research on using the ocean for aquaculture and energy production.
Sustainability block cover

Role of sustainability experts explored

Business and economics
12 Jun, 2020
AUT participated in a collaborative research project delving into the rapidly evolving roles of sustainability professionals in NZ organisations.
3D Rendering of coronavirus

Digital contact tracing for COVID-19

Social sciences and public policy
03 Jun, 2020
Digital contact tracing solutions for COVID-19 must offer exceptional speed and achieve high take-up rates to be useful, a working paper has found.
Prof Kate Kearins

Good leadership in uncertain times

Business and economics
03 Jun, 2020
Uncertain times require agility and the courage to pivot fast and make bold decisions quickly with imperfect information, writes Kate Kearins.
Sharyn Graham Davies smiling at the camera.

Lessons From NZ’s Bubbles For The World

Social sciences and public policy
02 Jun, 2020
Initial findings into how New Zealanders did under lockdown can now help inform policy makers around the globe fighting COVID-19.
Man & woman hiking

Four-day work week could boost economy

Business and economics
29 May, 2020
COVID-19 reignites debate about the merits of a four-day work week. Professor Jarrod Haar’s new research suggests it’s time for change.
Dr Radilaite Cammock

HRC grants for four AUT researchers

Health sciences
27 May, 2020
Dr Radilaite Cammock is one of four AUT researchers who recently received a prestigious Health Research Council grant to support their work.
Fabrice Merien mask

Professor helps on Covid testing

Science
22 May, 2020
AUT’s Professor Fabrice Merien has been seconded to assist Roche Diagnostics New Zealand increase capacity for COVID-19 testing in New Zealand.
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Review staff levels in rest homes

Business and economics
22 May, 2020
Policymakers, funders and aged care providers must admit that quality care in rest homes requires more staff and more time. Katherine Ravenswood explains.
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COVID-19 turns retail therapy to anxiety

Business and economics
22 May, 2020
From retail therapy to retail anxiety: keeping customers calm will be key to carrying on post COVID-19. Our marketing experts examine the issue.
NMA_COVID-19

How our language helped contain COVID-19

Language and culture
19 May, 2020
NZ contained COVID-19. Direct and kind words on signage helped, writes Dr Nelly Martin-Anatias.
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Who leads better - Women or men?

Business and economics
18 May, 2020
Does gender influence how good a leader you are? Does it matter if you’re a male employee working for a female leader? Professor Jarrod Haar finds out.
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NZ’s COVID-19 budget and climate change

Social sciences and public policy
18 May, 2020
New Zealand's COVID-19 budget delivers on one crisis, but largely leaves climate change for another day, writes Dr David Hall.
Lena_Waizenegger

Future of work explored at Techtalk

Business and economics
12 May, 2020
Business School lecturer Lena Waizenegger shared findings from her latest research on the first ever virtual international Techtalk.
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Pacific language video series

Health sciences
08 May, 2020
A video series by AUT will highlight the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study’s work in shaping resilient futures for Pacific communities.
Antarctica funding granted

AUT team joins global Antarctic project

Science
06 May, 2020
The Australian Government has awarded AUD $36 million to a research program, Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF).
Liz Binns

Physio for older adults from a distance

Health sciences
01 May, 2020
AUT researchers have developed an exercise programme for housebound older adults, to prevent loss of mobility and independence during COVID-19.
2. Goodbye to openplan office

Will COVID-19 kill open-plan offices?

Business and economics
30 Apr, 2020
How will organisations adapt to ensure workplaces are collaborative, productive and virus-free?
Jarrod Haar

Kiwis carry on calmly during COVID-19

Business and economics
28 Apr, 2020
Feeling like most people in New Zealand are handling the COVID-19 lockdown well? New research shows we are doing just that.
BEL_covid experts

Our experts weigh in on COVID-19

21 Apr, 2020
Business, Economics and Law academics contribute to the global conversation about COVID-19.
Digital platform

Vital to protect human rights online

15 Apr, 2020
As use of digital platforms surges, two AUT academics explain why we’ll need stronger global efforts to protect human rights online.
Sports equipment

Athletic immunity and major sporting events

Sport and recreation
16 Mar, 2020
AUT PhD candidate Lauren Keaney has researched athletic immunity and strategies to stay well in the leadup to major sporting fixtures.
Albert_Refiti

Albert Refiti at The MET

Art and design
16 Mar, 2020
Last year, Art and Design Associate Professor Albert Refiti received the Andrew W. Mellon Senior Fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Headshot of Assoc Prof Rachel Morrison

Research with impact: Rachel Morrison

Business and economics
16 Mar, 2020
How can academics show the real-world value of their research? Translate, translate, translate. Associate Professor Rachel Morrison shows how.
Professor Nick Nguyen

Five questions with Prof. Nick Nguyen

Business and economics
12 Mar, 2020
We asked Professor Nick Nguyen five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
Empty supermarket trolleys

Marketing expert makes media headlines

Business and economics
12 Mar, 2020
From mouldy burgers to panic buying at the supermarket – what can we learn about the impact of marketing on our thoughts and actions as consumers?
Assoc Prof Katherine Ravenswood headshot

AUT expert shares research on aged care

Business and economics
11 Mar, 2020
AUT employment expert delivers key findings on improving work conditions for aged-care workers.
Life on land

Recloaking the land

Science
10 Mar, 2020
AUT Science project Living Labs, is researching the best ways to reintroduce native forest to marginal land across New Zealand.
NZ native ferns close up

Everything is not ka pai

Law
06 Mar, 2020
Research from AUT’s Law School shows New Zealand universities are ill-equipped to protect Māori IP.
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Webinars tackle racism in Aotearoa

Health sciences
05 Mar, 2020
An innovative new event creating open access resources for Tiriti education and the fight against racism is taking place from March 21-30 2020.
Silvia-and-Mossiah

Speaking Surfaces: stories and spaces

Art and design
05 Mar, 2020
Speaking Surfaces is the collaborative work of St Paul St Gallery and AUT Spatial Design staff and students.
AUT Professor Ben Wooliscroft

What is a road?

Business and economics
04 Mar, 2020
Professor of Macromarketing Ben Wooliscroft looks beneath the bitumen to tackle an issue that looms large in this election year.
Tweens

How adolescents define well being

Health sciences
03 Mar, 2020
Tweens see family and friends as the surest way towards wellbeing
Professor Rhema Vaithianathan

Screening tool in Netflix documentary

Social sciences and public policy
28 Feb, 2020
A new Netflix documentary series features a predictive risk modelling tool that was built and implemented by a team led by Professor Rhema Vaithianathan.
Generic image of boardroom members

Corporate diversity: token or real?

Law
28 Feb, 2020
Corporate diversity is a global trend but quotas (formal or informal) will lead to token appointments which do more harm than good.
Giant squid dissection

PhD student makes the cut with big squid

Science
26 Feb, 2020
Being hauled from his sleep to dissect a just-caught giant squid was a dream come true for AUT PhD student Ryan Howard.
Associate Professor Arezou Zalipour

Knowing ourselves through film 

Communication studies
25 Feb, 2020
Screen Production Associate Professor Arezou Zalipour says now more than ever the value of different perspectives in film making is valued.
Professor Valery Feigin

Nearly everyone at risk of stroke

Health sciences
25 Feb, 2020
Professor Valery Feigin at AUT suggests that categorising people into ‘low, moderate or high’ risk of stroke should be abandoned.
Professor Ben Wooliscroft

Professor strives to make world better

Business and economics
12 Feb, 2020
The world’s first Professor of Macromarketing takes a playful approach to answering the lofty question, How can we make the world a better place?
Dental Clinic

High-carb food a cause of tooth decay

Health sciences
07 Feb, 2020
An AUT study is recommending changes to eating guidelines for young people to reduce New Zealand’s epidemic of childhood tooth decay.
Dr Heather Came

Policy requires te Tiriti compliance

Health sciences
05 Feb, 2020
Dr Heather Came advocates a new tool for evaluating health policy in relation to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Richard Orjis

Waitangi Day and the Auckland Pride Festival: An intertwined history of racism and homophobia

Art and design
31 Jan, 2020
The intertwined history of racism and homophobia of Waitangi Day and Auckland Pride Festival
Emeritus Professor Elaine Rush

Feeding local population vs food exports

Sport and recreation
30 Jan, 2020
AUT study shows that food insecurity may be linked to nutritional disparity in global food trade, with high-quality exports and nutrient-poor imports.
Ao Facewear

New face mask addresses air pollution

Engineering, computer and mathematical sciences
14 Jan, 2020
BioDesign Lab helps address growing air pollution with new face mask
Emeritus Professor of Nutrition, Elaine Rush

Big bodies need big servings of 5+ a day

Health sciences
14 Jan, 2020
New study recommends greater variety and colour in food dietary guidelines, and serving sizes in direct proportion to body size.
Dr Ali Seyfoddin

Medicinal cannabis research

Health sciences
13 Dec, 2019
AUT and Zeacann Ltd have received approval from the Ministry of Health for medicinal cannabis research and development.
Professor Valery Feigin

Plan to mitigate neurological disorders

Health sciences
11 Dec, 2019
Professor Valery Feigin leads global strategy to bridge the gap between growing burden of neurological disorders and overstretched health resources.
Black and white cartoon picture of many people protesting.

MPs failing to lead on human rights

Social sciences and public policy
05 Dec, 2019
Democracy in New Zealand is suffering from a Parliament which under-performs in its scrutiny of human rights, a new report has found.
Professor Denise Wilson

Empathy needed to reduce family violence

Health sciences
04 Dec, 2019
AUT report finds that agencies and services designed to aid wāhine Māori in unsafe relationships often contribute to their entrapment.
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