Research themes (disciplines) and areas

The research carried out at AUT's Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences can be broadly defined in three themes: health sciences, sciences and sport. We are proud of the fact that much of our research links directly with community and industry to help create solutions for the real world.

Health Sciences

As well as the research carried out in the Schools of Clinical Sciences, Public Health & Psychosocial Studies and Interprofessional Health Studies, we have various dedicated research institutes/centres:

Research areas include:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Health promotion
  • Human and social ethics
  • Māori health
  • Midwifery and women's health
  • Migrant health and wellbeing
  • Nursing
  • Occupational health
  • Oral health
  • Pacific health
  • Physical and social rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Professional, clinical and educational practice
  • Psychology
  • Public health and mental health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Violence and trauma


AUT's sciences programmes focus on scientific innovation and excellence that enables society to develop in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner. The common theme connecting all of our research is sustainability. The three strategic research areas - Applied Ecology, Chemistry and Biomedical Science, Food Science and Product Development - centre on key scientific issues of regional and global significance. Sub-themes within these strategic research areas reflect staff expertise and international recognition for their research output.

The School of Science has close links to an AUT funded research institute and a centre:

Research areas include:

  • Antarctic science
  • Aquaculture and fisheries
  • Biomedical science
  • Biomedicine (transfusion-transplantation, IVF and embryology)
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Food chemistry
  • Food microbiology
  • Food safety
  • Food science and product development
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Global change ecology
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Marine biology
  • Medical laboratory science
  • Microbiology
  • Plant ecology
  • Socio-ecology


Check out our Sci21 science webcast series. It contains videos by our own AUT scientists and international experts.


AUT's sport and recreation programmes are developed through extensive research and in collaboration with New Zealand's top sport and exercise industry partners. They recognise the revolution in sport, health and fitness. As well as research carried out in the School of Sport and Recreation, we have:

Research areas include:

  • Coach development
  • High performance sports
  • Injury prevention
  • Metabolism
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Sport management
  • Strength and conditioning

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Last updated: 04-Oct-2016 9.32am

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